By Rob Kelly
Arsène Wenger has categorically ruled out replacing Fabio Capello as England manager – and says he has never been interested in a national team job.
The Frenchman has been linked with the England hotseat in the past but, when asked whether he would be interested in taking charge following Capello’s resignation, he moved quickly to snuff out any speculation.
Wenger insists he is happy at Arsenal and has no desire to take charge of a national team at this juncture in his career.
“No [I am not interested in the job],” he said. “I came out on what I said many times. England is a big football country with more than 65 million people who have a big passion for the game. I love England and I want England to do well. Therefore I let the FA deal with that problem.
“I have never really been tempted by a national team job because for me it is a completely different job. I am a little bit in a marathon job inside the Club and the national team job is a sprinter's job.
“Maybe I have not enough quick fibres but I am more interested in a day-to-day basis job.
“[Managing a national team] is completely different; it is more PR, more communication, there is less impact on the footballing side and less impact on building the team because if you have a good generation then you can do well and if you don't you can do nothing. In a club you always have ways to build a team.
“In the future I don't know because what I do now demands a lot of physical power and to be super fit. That might not always be the case.”Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source