Coleman dismisses England job talk

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Wales boss Chris Coleman has dismissed the notion of succeeding Roy Hodgson as England manager.

Hodgson resigned after Iceland sent England out in the second round of Euro 2016.

Coleman’s stock has soared after guiding Wales to their first semi-final, and is contracted until the end of Wales’ 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

“It’s not something I think I would get offered, but I would never rule it in to be honest,” said Coleman.

“Roy has lost his job so England will search again, but it’s not something that would ever enter my thinking.

“I’m a Welshman through and through and, at international football, it was only Wales, and it would only ever be Wales.”

Having beaten Belgium 3-1 in Friday’s quarter-final, Wales face Portugal on Wednesday for a place in the European Championship final.

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They are the first home nation to reach the semi-finals of a major tournament since England at Euro 1996.

Despite beating Wales last month, England finished second behind Coleman’s men in Group B.

They were expected to brush aside Iceland in the last 16, but their 2-1 defeat led to Hodgson’s resignation.

Chief executive Martin Glenn has said the Football Association will appoint “the best person, not necessarily the best Englishman”, but Coleman laughed off suggestions he could be a candidate to succeed Hodgson.

As well as managing Fulham and Coventry, Coleman has also worked abroad in Spain and Greece.

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He had short spells at Real Sociedad and Greek club Larissa, but those experiences have not dissuaded him from managing abroad again sometime in the future.

“I think my next job after Wales, whenever that is, will be abroad,” said Coleman.

“I quite fancy the chance of going abroad again, because I think that’s my best chance of managing in the Champions League.

“When you’re talking about Champions League football in the Premier League, you’re talking about the top clubs – the massive clubs.

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“It’s not something I think I’d get linked with, so my best chance of managing Champions League football would be abroad.

“It’s an ambition of mine. But to manage another country? No, I wouldn’t. That’s not something I would consider.”

After their victory over a Belgian side ranked second in the world, Wales are preparing once more for the biggest game in the country’s football history.

But Coleman insists there is no pressure on his side ahead of their semi-final date with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in Lyon.

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“The bigger countries have got to get into the quarter-finals, semi-finals, final,” said Coleman.

“We didn’t. We had to come and perform for us, for inside our camp.

“I thought we had a good chance of getting to the quarter-final, but I never came out and said to the players, ‘that is what we can do’.

“Other countries who’ve been there before – the pressure is different for them.

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“I’ve not really got any interest in other countries, whether that’s England, Spain or whoever.

“My interest is Wales and we just take it game by game.

“We don’t think we’ve got to win this one to get to this stage or that stage three games down the line.”

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