Bruce honoured by England link

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Hull City manager Steve Bruce says he is flattered to be linked with the vacant England national team job, but reveals it is all speculation at this stage.

The Three Lions are busy searching for a new boss after Roy Hodgson resigned following a dismal showing at the recently concluded European Championship in France, where they were knocked out of the round of 16 by minnows Iceland.

Several top managers are believed to be in the running including Bruce, Sunderland's Sam Allardyce and United States Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

"It's highly flattering and I'm honoured to be linked with it," he told reporters. "Whether or not it goes any further than that… It's the pinnacle isn't it? To manage your country, there's no bigger job.

"It's all speculation. There's a lot of people who have written nice things and I'm grateful for that."

Hull are back in the Premier League this season after Bruce guided them through the playoffs at the end of last season and he admits they need to significantly expand their squad in the current transfer window.

"With the players that we let go at the end of last season, and the two injuries we've subsequently picked up, we might now be looking at five or six new faces," he added.

"We'd like to add to the squad quickly if we could, but when you have European Championships going on there hasn't been any really significant movement (in the transfer market) just yet. A lot of clubs are being patient and we have to do the same."