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Mourinho considered England

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claims he was close to accepting the England job in 2007 after Steve McClaren was sacked.

Last Updated: 04/08/13 at 11:03 Post Comment

Jose Mourinho: Chelsea boss thought about taking the England job in 2007

Jose Mourinho: Chelsea boss thought about taking the England job in 2007

Although the Football Association has always maintained Fabio Capello was their first choice for the role, Mourinho insists he was approached.

But the role of the job did not appear to the Portuguese, who has always been used to working on a daily basis with his players.

"My plan at that time was just to try to motivate myself for a job (with England) that doesn't fulfil me," Mourinho said.

"What do I do? During the day I'm not training players, so I have to go and see them train in their clubs. I have to send my goalkeeper coach to work separately. I have to do this, I have to do that.

"At weekends, I see every match. I need a good apartment. I need to analyse and monitor the players.

"When they were speaking to me, the next match was France against England, a friendly in Paris. I thought, 'France-England' (is an attractive prospect)'.

"After that, what's the next game? The next was one month later against Kazakhstan - no, no, no, no. We have contact and I thought about England. I was very young and I was very proud."

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