Arsene Wenger says he has turned down one job offer 'a few times'

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Arsene Wenger has warned Eddie Howe against taking the England job because he believes international football is only interesting during the major tournaments.

Wenger's opposite number on Sunday has been linked with becoming the next manager of the national team and although Gareth Southgate is set to replace Sam Allardyce permanently, the Arsenal boss doesn't think it would be a good move for Howe.

"He’s a bit young, maybe, to leave a job in a club to go straight away to the national team," Wenger said, as per The Metro.

"Most of the time, after the national team, it’s not easy for the guys to live in a serene way - especially in England.

"If you love to be part of the coaching then, of course, club football is a better place to be than international football. International coaching, for me, is not coaching, it is interesting only really in the big competitions."

And that is also one of the reasons why Wenger has stayed in north London for so long.

The 67-year-old celebrated 20 years in charge of Arsenal in October but he could have easily taken the steps into international management - on several occasions.

However, Wenger, who has been linked with the England post himself in the past, isn't a fan of the nature of coaching at international level.

He added: "It is a very pressured job to be England national coach.

"And I suppose every week you go to the game and see whether this guy is up to the level — ‘Do I play him or not? Do I pick him or not?’ But you are a bit frustrated on a daily basis."

The French boss also revealed that his country have come calling about his services throughout his spell at Arsenal but believes he might have left it too late in the day.

"I was already asked in France a few times to take the national team, even at that age of 37 or 38. I thought I always had time to do it," Wenger continued.

"I thought so much that I would have time to do it … and I’ve still not done it.

"Is there still time? Well, it is getting short now."

The current French manager Didier Deschamps is fairly comfortable in his position after taking the team to the final of Euro 2016 earlier this year and it now looks like only a dramatic twist of fortunes could see Wenger coach his own nation before he eventually decides to retire.

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