By London correspondent
Arsene Wenger has revealed that he could be tempted into managing England “one day”.
The Arsenal manager went public with his interest into taking on the job of leading the national team in the week in which Sam Allardyce was forced to quit the post after being entrapped in an undercover sting.
Wenger has been strong linked in the media as a leading contender to replace Allardyce on a permanent basis.
The Frenchman, who is celebrating a remarkable 20 years as Arsenal manager, is in the final year of his contract with the London giants.
Speaking on Friday ahead of his team’s weekend clash against Barnsley, Wenger said he remained fully committed to Arsenal but did not rule out the possibility of managing England.
“My priority is to do well here this has always been my club but one day if I am free, why not, but at the moment I was focused on my job,” Wenger said, as quoted by the Mirror live press conference blog at 9.12am.
England Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate has been appointed caretaker boss of the senior team for the next four matches while the Football Association scour the market for a permanent successor to Allardyce.
It has been speculated that the governing body could be prepared to wait until the end of the season if Wenger does not commit to a contract extension with Arsenal.
When asked whether he still intended to make a decision on his future at the end of the season, Wenger replied, as quoted by the Mirror: “Yes”. He added:“What influences me the most is the fact that I feel I do well and I can move this team forward.”
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