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Big Phil harbours England regret

ESPN staff
February 5, 2013

Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari claims that it still "hurts" that he did not get a chance to manage the English national team.

Scolari was lined up to take over from Sven Goran-Eriksson after the 2006 World Cup, but decided to pull out of the job, citing media intrusion as his reason.

Now manager of Brazil again, the World Cup winner insists that it is still a decision he regrets as he prepares to face England in a friendly at Wembley.

"Of course it hurts," said Scolari. "It hurts a lot because I would have loved to have been the manager of the England team. Who wouldn't? It's a wonderful national team. When I was invited to be national coach of England, when we sat down I still had a contract with the Portuguese national team and I was not willing to break that contract.

"It was my duty to fulfil it. Imagine what it would have been like when we played each other in 2006 and I had signed that contract with England."

When asked about a possible future with the Three Lions, the Brazilian added that he was open to anything: "Who knows what will happen. One day, maybe. I wish all the best for the English players and their manager on their path to innovation."

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