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Steve Bruce believes the pursuit of Luiz Felipe Scolari by the Football Association as a potential successor to Sven-Goran Eriksson is a snub to Steve McClaren.

The Middlesbrough manager and current England coach appeared to be on the brink of being appointed as the Swede's replacement before the Brazilian emerged as a late contender.

Birmingham manager Bruce said: 'What is McClaren going to do? He was supposed to have been earmarked for the last five years.

'He has been there as number two and he only returned because he had been given re-assurances about his future.

'With that logic he should have been appointed. But he has been overlooked and would he now go back again as the number two? I would tell them what to do with the job.'

The former Manchester United defender also believes Eriksson's successor should be an Englishman, although he insists he would support the Brazilian World Cup winner if he was to take over when Eriksson stands down after the World Cup.

He said: 'I said from the outset that in my opinion it should go to an Englishman.

'I am not going to change that opinion but if he does get the job then I am sure all of us working at this level will get behind him.

'But if we go along with all these UEFA coaching badges and the pro licence and we are not going to give an Englishman a chance to take the top job I find that really disappointing.

'You have to ask, would an Englishman get the Brazilian job?

'How is an Englishman going to get the chance to manage in Europe? They have made a nonsense of the whole thing.

'There is not an Englishman in a top job in the country at the moment and that isn't very good either.'

Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright, who will also be part of the BBC's World Cup team in Germany this summer, also favoured an Englishman.

'Scolari's record speaks for itself and if he has the passion and wants us to move forward I would be behind him,' he said.

'My only problem was I thought it lacked passion with the way Sven was, and I am hoping they do go with an Englishman.'