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Shearer: Experience not necessary for England job

Alan Shearer does not think the next England manager needs to have much experience.

The Football Association are seeking a successor to Sven-Goran Eriksson after it was announced the Swede will leave the post after the World Cup.

And former England captain Shearer, who claims it would be 'a bit premature' for him to be linked with the job, points to Holland's Marco van Basten and Germany's Jurgen Klinsmann as examples of leading players who have recently been appointed national coaches.

The Newcastle striker, who would prefer to see an Englishman take over from Eriksson, told BBC Sport: 'Marco van Basten and Jurgen Klinsmann did not have any experience before taking charge of Holland and Germany.

'They are both doing reasonably well so I don't know how important that is.'

Shearer added: 'People will say he should be English but we want success. Ideally it would be with an Englishman, though.

'The job is about getting results.'

Shearer does not think the prospect of Eriksson leaving will affect England's chances of winning the World Cup in Germany this summer.

'It did not affect us when Terry Venables announced he was standing down as England boss ahead of Euro 96,' said the 34-year-old, who was surprised by Monday's announcement that Eriksson was to leave.

'Nobody really expected it to be honest but I am not surprised by the outcome.

'And no-one knows yet whether it is the right or wrong decision - only time will tell.

'Fingers crossed, if England go on and win the World Cup then it will be right. If we don't, then people will say it was wrong - we have to wait and see.'