England job link flatters Arsenal boss Wenger

Arsene Wenger admits he is flattered to be linked with the vacant England job – but insists his sole focus is on Arsenal until the end of the season.

The England managerial role has become available after the FA parted company with Sam Allardyce just 67 days in charge.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper alleged Allardyce advised undercover businessman on ways to “get around” third-party transfer rules, making his position as England boss untenable.

Gareth Southgate is the man to take over the reins from ‘Big Sam’ after he was put in temporary charge for the national side’s next four games.

However, with Arsene Wenger inside the last year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium, speculation is rife that his name could be in the hat when the Football Association discuss who should replace Allardyce on a permanent basis.

When asked if he was flattered by the talk, the Frenchman said: “Of course, but my priority has always been this club. Until the end of this season I’m here, and I am completely focused on that.”

Speaking after the Gunners’ 2-0 victory over Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday, Wenger reaffirmed his commitment to Arsenal after being asked whether he meant he was at the club just until next summer.

“My priority is always Arsenal and I have to assess how well I do until the end of the season,” added Wenger.