Arsene Wenger has told the Guardian he was approached more than once during his Arsenal career to manage England.

The legendary Frenchman also rattled off a list of elite clubs he turned down to carry on managing Arsenal.

Wenger conducted a wide-ranging interview and touched on being asked to lead the Three Lions as their search for silverware continues.

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“Many times I was approached to coach the English national team,” said Wenger. “I turned it down for two reasons.

“Because I felt that, first of all, it’s better an English guy does it. And secondly, because I was happy where I was. I was at a club where I loved to do what I did.


“Bayern, Juventus, Barcelona… so many clubs approached me. I served this club through the delicate period to pay the stadium back.

“It was not only about winning the championship, but guiding the club through a very sensitive time and going completely to the end of it. And that’s what I tried to do.”

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Wenger as England manager would be a mouth-watering prospect, with his reputation for attractive football and developing young talent.

It is tempting to wonder what he would do with the current crop of English talent.

It seems unlikely we will ever see Wenger wearing the Three Lions on his tracksuit. In fact, will we ever see him in the dugout again?

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