London - Steve Bruce is definitely a runner in the race to
be England football manager as several media outlets reported Tuesday the Hull
handler had held talks with the Football Association.
The 55-year-old Englishman -- who like older compatriot and
rival Sam Allardyce has yet to win any silverware during a long time in club
management -- said prior to the talks he thought the job should go to a
"I think the top of the FA in my opinion should be
English. I've always said that, there's nobody more patriotic than I am,"
he told BBC Radio Humberside.
"I'm honoured to be linked with it. It's the pinnacle
to go and manage your country. What bigger job in the world is there?"
added Bruce, who has also managed among other clubs Wigan and Sunderland.
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Bruce, who enjoyed a successful playing career captaining
Manchester United although he was never capped, and Sunderland boss Allardyce
are thought to be on a four man short list also comprising young turk
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and the experienced charismatic USA handler and
former German striker Jurgen Klinsmann.
The three man FA panel -- which is made up of former
Manchester United chief executive David Gill, FA technical director Dan
Ashworth and chief executive Martin Glenn -- are seeking to find a successor to
Hodgson stepped down after England's latest failure at a
major finals, losing 2-1 to minnows Iceland in the last 16 of Euro 2016.
England have failed to make it past the first knockout stage
of a major finals since Sven-Goran Eriksson guided them to the 2006 World Cup
quarter-finals where they lost on penalties to Portugal.For
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