Southgate does not want England job

Gareth Southgate

England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate has no interest in succeeding Roy Hodgson as boss of the senior national team.

The 45-year-old has not been offered the role or spoken to the Football Association since the weekend.

Hodgson resigned after four years in charge following the shock Euro 2016 last-16 defeat by Iceland on Monday.

The FA was considering Southgate in an interim role as it searches for Hodgson’s successor.

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On Tuesday, chief executive Martin Glenn said the FA wants a new manager in place for the opening World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on 4 September.

However, if the right man was not available by then he said former England defender Southgate would be the “obvious choice” as an interim boss – and did not rule out appointing a foreign manager.

Arsene Wenger is thought to be among those in the FA frame, with his Arsenal contract due to expire at the end of the season. Former Paris St-Germain coach Laurent Blanc is also reportedly a name interesting the FA.

Earlier on Wednesday, West Ham co-chairman David Gold said Hammers boss Slaven Bilic would not be tempted by the England job.

The selection process will be led by Glenn, FA board member David Gill and technical director Dan Ashworth. They plan to conduct a widespread consultation process before narrowing down the contenders.

Southgate, who has been in charge of the Under-21s since 2013, has also managed Middlesbrough.

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