Stuart Pearce has refused to rule himself out of becoming part of England's next coaching team.
The Manchester City boss has vehemently rejected any talk of succeeding Sven-Goran Eriksson as head coach, insisting he lacks the managerial experience to take on such a high-profile role.
However, the 42-year-old former England skipper has seen how Steve McClaren's career has developed through his work with Eriksson.
Pearce did spend some time working with the national under-18 squad earlier in his career and is convinced an appointment working with Eriksson's replacement would be a benefit.
'I would say that being an assistant is a very good job and experience aids development,' Pearce said.
'When I was doing my coaching badges I worked with the England Under-18 side and for me that was great experience.
'If Steve McClaren was asked about his time away with England, I am sure he would say it has been beneficial to him.'
Pearce is bound to be an attractive proposition to any new coach given the organisational skills he has displayed in his short time as City boss.
And, of all the major candidates, no-one even comes close to matching his international experience as a player, with his 78 caps including both World Cup and European Championship semi-finals.