LONDON — Former England manager Glenn Hoddle said yesterday he would be interested in talking to the Football Association (FA) about taking over from Roy Hodgson after the team’s exit to Iceland.
Hoddle, 58, held the position from 1996 to 1999 when he was sacked following comments he made about disabled people.
“When people ask me if I would like the job I simply respond I’m sure the FA will go through a process to select whoever they believe to be the best person for the job,” Hoddle told the Mail on Sunday.
“If I’m asked to speak to the FA, my answer would be ‘of course, any proud Englishman would want to discuss this opportunity’.
“However, it’s simply not something I have to consider. If the situation changed, that would be the point at which I would consider what to do and listen to what the FA said.”
When he was England manager, Hoddle secured automatic qualification for the 1998 World Cup but the tournament ended with a second round defeat to Argentina on penalties.
Hoddle has since managed Southampton, Tottenham and Wolverhampton.
If Hoddle does get the job, he can count on Raheem Sterling, who has vowed not to walk out on England.
The Manchester City forward has felt the full force of the nation’s fury following England’s Euro humiliation — with even claims some players questioned Roy Hodgson’s decision to pick him for the last 16 defeat to Iceland.
Not one England player returned from France with their reputation enhanced, but Sterling has been made the scapegoat for the failings of Hodgson’s side.
But a source close to the 21-year-old said: “Raheem hasn’t even thought about turning his back on England. — Daily Mirror