Mauricio Pochettino refuses to rule himself out of one day managing the England national team – but insists he is “very happy at Tottenham” for now.
Pochettino’s stock is very much on the rise on the back of Tottenham’s unbeaten 12-match run in the Premier League. Spurs – who host Chelsea at White Hart lane on Sunday – last lost in the Premier League on the opening day of the season at Manchester United.
Indeed, Tottenham have lost just three of their 19 matches in all competitions this campaign and Pochettino, who has been credited with giving a number of young England stars a chance since taking charge at White Hart Lane, said of the possibility of managing England: “You never know in football. I am always open for the future.
“It is very difficult for me to answer but you never know what will happen in the future.
“If someone had asked me three or four years ago whether I would work in England, I would have said, ‘Of course not, because I don’t speak English’.
“But then the owner of Southampton called me and said he wanted me to manage their team. Now I am here at Tottenham and speaking English.
“But I am very happy here at Tottenham. I enjoy it a lot. I find the people and the chairman have a very good philosophy.”
Of the last 17 players to make their England debuts, nine of them have been managed by Pochettino.
Harry Kane, 22, Dele Alli, 19, and Eric Dier, 21, – all regulars under Pochettino this campaign – started in the Three Lions’ 2-0 win over France at Wembley earlier this month.