By Will Butcher
Former Arsenal left-back Ashley Cole has singled out his former manager Arsene Wenger as the best candidate for the vacant England job.
Cole, who now plays in the United States with LA Galaxy, worked with the Frenchman for almost a decade after emerging through the Gunners ranks before controversially joining Chelsea.
It was widely reported on Wednesday evening that Sam Allardyce will be named England manager on Thursday after Sunderland were informed that he had been chosen as Roy Hodgson’s replacement.
But Cole, who has 107 England caps to his name and is widely regarded as one of the national team’s best-ever full-backs,
“Do you go for a foreign manager, do you stick with an English manager? It’s debatable,” Cole said in an interview with Sky Sports. “For me I’d like to see someone like Wenger there.
“He knows how to win and knows his football. So if you asked me to choose a manager it would be Arsene Wenger. I think he could develop it on to the next level.”
The England managerial role has been vacant after the Three Lions’ disastrous campaign in France saw them limp out of the group stages and then knocked out by Iceland in the Round of 16.
Wenger, who has also managed in Japan and France, will be out of contract at the end of the season and Cole believes his ability to maximise the potential of youth would put the 66-year-old in good stead, should he be offered the role.
“He’s good with youngsters,” the former Chelsea left-back told Sky Sports. “Like I said, the players they have there have great talent.
“They just need the experience and just need someone like Wenger that can nurture the young ones, he’s done it at Arsenal for years now so I’d like to see Arsene Wenger.”