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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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