Howe rules himself out of England job

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has ruled himself out of taking over the vacant England managerial position but maintains it would be the ultimate job.

Howe is one of a number of potential candidates to take over from the disgraced Sam Allardyce and, even though he may be keen on the job at some time in the future, the 38-year-old former Burnley manager has ruled out a switch for now.

The 38-year-old had reportedly been considered as a replacement for former England manager Roy Hodgson but, despite being flattered by the link, remained committed to his contract with the Cherries.

"I'm absolutely committed here. Nothing has changed from the summer," said Howe.

"They haven't come to me and my message is very similar. I am committed here, I love the job. The England job is the ultimate job, I have signed players very recently and I am committed to them. I need to show them the same loyalty that they showed me. It's all hypothetical."

He added: "It's not been a great week for football. It's not ideal that the England situation has come up again, but I won't get distracted."