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Mauricio Pochettino reveals he’s ‘open’ to England job when Gareth Southgate leaves just days before World Cup 2022

EX-TOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he is “open” to the England job days before Gareth Southgate’s men contest the World Cup.

Poch, 50, has been out of work since the summer after he was let go by French league winners Paris Saint-Germain.

Pochettino is interested in becoming England manager
Whether Southgate stays on as Three Lions boss post-World Cup is yet to be seen

The Argentine turned down an approach by Aston Villa for a swift return to football.

Villa then went and snapped up Europa League serial winner Unai Emery.

However, a job Pochettino is interested in is Southgate’s England position.

Poch watched England in September and will be in Qatar watching matches.

Despite signing a new deal until 2024 following England’s run to the Euro 2020 final, it is unclear whether Southgate will stay on as Three Lions boss after this November-December’s Qatar World Cup.

A limp performance in the Middle East could spell the end for Southgate’s successful six-year reign as England manager.

Pochettino told The Athletic on the possibility of managing England just four days before the group opener against Iran: “Of course, my relationship with England has always been very good.

“We have a very good relationship with the academies, trying to develop young players for the national team.


“I feel so comfortable here. You never know what happens. I am open to everything.”

The ex-pro would not struggle to adapt to life back in England having previously managed at Southampton and Tottenham.

Becoming England manager would see Poch work with a number of his former Spurs aces such as Harry Kane and Eric Dier.

Pochettino isn’t the only foreign boss interested in the England job.

The Telegraph reported ex-Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is also keen.

The German loves living in London and would take the job.

Although, he is yet to publicly comment on taking up the role like Poch has.

England have had two non-English managers since the start of the century.

Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson managed England’s “Golden Generation”, a team STACKED from defence to attack.

And Italian Fabio Capello managed between 2008 and 2011.

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