Scolari throws his hat into ring for England job

Date published: Thursday 30th June 2016 9:36

Luiz Felipe Scolari: England contender?

Luiz Felipe Scolari: England contender?

Former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has thrown his hat into the ring for the England job, saying he has “an affection for English football”.

Scolari, 67, is currently coaching Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande and has openly spoken about his credentials in succeeding Roy Hodgson.

‘Big Phil’, who was sacked by Chelsea in February 2009, won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 and guided them to the semi-finals in 2014, where they were hammered  7-1 to Germany.

H was approached by the Football Association in 2006 to replace Sven-Goran Eriksson, but he turned it down, however now it appears he could be willing to take on the role.

“I am the manager of Guangzhou and I am concentrating on my job here. But I know the importance of the England job in world football,” he told the Daily Mail.

“I’ve an affection for English football and I am aware of the need for the national team to be successful.

“I understand the importance of an international manager from my time with Brazil and Portugal.”

Gareth Southgate, Glenn Hoddle, Eddie Howe, Alan Pardew, Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klinsmann are all potential candidates to replace Hodgson, who stepped down after four years in the job following England’s embarrassing round of 16 defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.

Reports have suggested Southgate is not willing to take on the top job, but whether the FA will seriously consider Scolari, who coached Portugal when they reached the final of Euro 2004, is debatable.

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