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Jose Mourinho was almost named England manager

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Jose Mourinho admits he was very close to signing on as England manager in 2007, according to BBC Sport.

The Chelsea boss has admitted that his wife was the one who talked him out of it, after she stressed that he would miss the busy routine of club football. Speaking of the opportunity he said: “I was almost, almost England manager. My wife was right. She told me not to take it.”

Mourinho revealed that the English players at Stamford Bridge including Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole all encouraged him to take up the role, but after some consideration he holds no regrets now. It would have come just after ex-England boss Steve McClaren was sacked for having failed to qualify the team for Euro 2008.

Mourinho has shed some light on his thoughts for England however, ahead of the World Cup. He has stressed that this tournament is the time for Wayne Rooney to shine.

He said: “Wayne is right when he says this is his World Cup. He’s not a kid anymore. He is in the best age.”

After the announcement of this recent news you can’t help but wonder what type of team England would have become under the Portuguese manager's tutelage.

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