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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists he wants to help mould a bright new future for English football.

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Jose Mourinho: Willing to help the England national team

Jose Mourinho: Willing to help the England national team

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho takes his team to Everton this evening insisting he wants to help mould a bright new future for English football.

Mourinho is willing to sit down with Football Association chairman Greg Dyke in the coming months to lend his experience to the task of tackling the problems inherent in the domestic game.

Asked if he cared about the England team, Mourinho said: "I care, I care. I want my players to be selected, to give everything for the national team. I would never say to a player with a small injury don't go, stay here, forget the national team.

"When the telephone rings and it is somebody connected with the national team I pick up the phone with pleasure. I want to help my academy. I want to support them. I want to give my little contribution to improve everything there to try to bring English players to the top. I care, I care a lot.

"The only match I want England to lose is England v Portugal. All the other matches I want them to succeed. I have three players there at the time but if I can have four, five or six I would like to have four five or six."

Asked if he would be happy to sit down with Dyke to help the English cause, Mourinho added: "More than happy."

His immediate concern, however, is three points at Goodison where new signing Samuel Eto'o, signed for £7.5million from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, is set to get his Chelsea debut.

Mourinho believes Eto'o will give his team the perfect balance of youth and experience.

Mourinho, who also admitted Arsenal were serious title contenders after signing his former Real Madrid player Mesut Ozil, said: "Samuel is a player adapted to the style of play we want in our team.

"We are not any more a physical, direct team. We want to use the qualities of our attacking players in a different way.

"He knows exactly the kind of movement he has to do to give continuity to the attacking game. He has a natural appetite for goals and he will score a few goals for us and he will give us experience.

"Everybody is very young, for example against Bayern Munich (in the Super Cup) Andre Schurrle, Oscar and Eden Hazard were all under 22."

Mourinho insisted that it was imperative to have three main strikers at his disposal and Eto'o takes his place along with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba in the squad for Everton.


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