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Juninho: Scolari is right man for England job

Luiz Felipe Scolari should be appointed as the next England manager ahead of Martin O'Neill or Steve McClaren, insists former Middlesbrough star Juninho who has played under all three candidates.

The former Brazil midfielder played under McClaren during his third spell at The Riverside before going on loan to Celtic where he came under O'Neill's tutelage until his departure from the British game a year ago.

However, after being part of Scolari's successful 2002 World Cup campaign, the 33-year-old is adamant the current Portugal boss is the best candidate for the job.

He told the Mail on Sunday: 'Out of all three of them, I think Scolari is the best coach.

'Felipe would be great if he was the England coach. He is doing great things with the Portugal side and would improve the England team.

'Scolari has discipline and he likes to work hard, so he has the profile for the job.'

Juninho, however, admits he is less impressed by the credentials of O'Neill and McClaren and is openly critical of the man-management skills of the Boro manager and current favourite.

'The other two coaches are ones I'm less friendly with. My football didn't adapt to them.

'McClaren is a good tactical coach but I don't think he deals well with the players.

'On the pitch he is good, but off it, with the players he needs to be more truthful.'