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Scolari ´hurt´ at missed England job

6 February 2013 09:12

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed his regret at not taking the England manager's job in 2006.

The 64-year-old is in his second spell in charge of the Selecao, the Three Lions' Wembley opponents in an international friendly on Wednesday, and was approached by the Football Association six-and-a-half years ago to replace Sven-Goran Eriksson.

After the FA offered a long-term deal to the Brazilian prior to World Cup 2006, Scolari did a u-turn, citing the intrusive nature of the British press as his reason for pulling out of the running.

Yet he spoke in a Tuesday press conference of the 'hurt' he suffered, despite admitting that he did not want to break his contract with Portugal - England's eventual conquerors at the tournament in Germany.

"Of course it hurts," he said. "It hurts a lot, because I would have loved to have been manager of the England national team. Who wouldn't?"

"When I was invited to be national coach of England, when we sat together at that time, I still had a contract with Portugal.

"I wasn't willing to break that ¬contract - it was my duty to fulfil it. Imagine in 2006 if we had played together and I already had a contract with England.

"But England are a wonderful team and I hope I will have the opportunity to talk to Lampard and Ashley Cole at the game, to wish them the best. You never know what might happen one day."

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2 - 1

Competition
Friendlies
Date
6 February 2013
Kick-off
20:30
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 1
Venue
Wembley Stadium (London)
Attendance
87453

Goals

W. Rooney 26'  
1 - 0
1 - 1
48' Fred
 (assist by Lucas Moura)
F. Lampard 60'
(assist by W. Rooney) 
2 - 1

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Wednesday 22 February

Tuesday 21 February

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16:54
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14:41
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12:51
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11:09
09:55
09:32
07:32
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03:59
02:47
02:30
01:36
00:51
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00:15
00:04

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20:03
19:36
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18:52
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17:42
17:18
17:04
16:52
16:42
16:31
16:14
16:03
15:46
15:24
15:17
14:43
14:31
14:06
13:50
13:38
13:09
12:54
12:39
12:30
11:42
11:26
11:16
11:02
10:40
08:51
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08:00
07:04
05:00
03:44
01:56
01:50
01:27
01:04
00:59
00:26
00:17
00:07

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