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Saturday 3 December 2016

Cech: Wenger could manage England

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Picture Credit: REUTERS/John Sibley
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Picture Credit: REUTERS/John Sibley

Goalkeeper Petr Cech is in no doubt manager Arsene Wenger has both the pedigree and quality needed to take over the England job, but believes the 66-year-old remains committed to helping Arsenal win the Barclays Premier League.

The Football Association has started the process of identifying a permanent successor to Roy Hodgson following England's poor Euro 2016 campaign, which ended with an embarrassing defeat by Iceland at the last 16 stage.

While Wenger has long stated he felt an English coach would be best suited to the role of national team manager, the FA is said to be keen to determine whether there would be any interest in taking up the role, possibly once his current deal at the Emirates Stadium expires next summer.

Veteran stopper Cech, who joined the Gunners from Chelsea 12 months ago, believes while Wenger holds all the necessary credentials, his focus remains very much on club matters.

Pedigree

"Obviously that is a question for Mr Wenger, if he would like to take this (England) job, but he is someone who has been coaching in England for such a long time, he definitely has the pedigree and the quality," said Cech.

"He knows the atmosphere, the mentality and knows the expectation and the love England has for football, so obviously this is to his big advantage.

"But I think he is enjoying his time at Arsenal being a club manager, having the day-to- day job and it would be more of a question for him."

Arsenal finished second last season behind susprise champions Leicester, which many believe was a missed opportunity for Wenger's squad to secure a first title since the Invincibles of 2003/2004.

Cech accepts while all the Premier League hopefuls will strengthen, there is reason to be positive Arsenal can go one better come May 2017, having themselves brought in £35million Switzerland international Granit Xhaka.

"We were disappointed because we thought we were good enough to challenge for the title and to be in the race until the last game," Cech said.

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