Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has backed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to take over as the next England manager.
Fowler described Wenger who has not guided the Gunners to a Premier League title in over a decade as a “proven winner“. Wenger has however, lifted two FA Cup trophies over the past three seasons.
“I am not one of these ones that think there should be an English manager, I just want the right man,” Fowler was quoted as saying by the Irish Examiner.
“One of the names that shone out for me straight away is Arsene Wenger. I know he is not the youngest anymore but what he is in terms of a manager is a proven winner – (although) the Arsenal fans might disagree with that!”
Fowler stated that Wenger would bring a new philosophy to the England national team and that his experience coaching in the country would make his the “perfect” choice.
“He has won trophies, he plays football the right way, he has a knack of getting the best out of footballers, he has been in England for 20 odd years, knows England, knows the English game, so for me he would be perfect,” he added.
The former Liverpool striker did however, state that he is unsure whether Wenger would even consider the job.
Fowler even recommended that Alan Shearer should become Wenger’s assistant manager is he ever did take charge.
Shearer would learn a lot under the stewardship of Wenger according to Fowler.
“Whether he would want to leave Arsenal to do it, I am not sure, but for me, it seems a perfect opportunity for him to wind down his career and do less days than with a club, and maybe get an Alan Shearer-type figure with him who could learn off him. For me, Arsene Wenger would be a good shout,” he said.
England are currently without a manager following the resignation of Roy Hodgson after a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign.
Iceland knocked England out of the European Championships with a 2-1 victory at the Last 16 stage. France went onto beat Iceland 5-2 in the quarter-final to book a place in the final against Germany.
The English FA have yet to decide who they will appoint next as head coach of the national team.
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