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By ESPN Staff

Shearer 'staggered' by England job speculation

Alan Shearer has admitted he would be interested in football management but he was 'staggered' to be linked with the England job.

The former England captain claimed coaching the national team is the best job in football but he stopped short of saying he wanted to replace the sacked Steve McClaren.

He told Football Focus: 'Management interests me at some stage in my life, I have always said that. When that will be I really couldn't tell you.

'The England job is a great job for someone. The best job you can get.'

McClaren was dismissed following his failure to navigate qualifying for Euro 2008.

England were sunk by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley, in which the home team looked short of technique and confidence.

Shearer - who has not been involved in football since retiring from playing - has been pinpointed as a possible replacement but he admitted there are better qualified candidates available.

'I was as staggered and surprised as anyone to see my name being linked with it on Thursday straight after the defeat,' he added.

'Certainly none of it has come from myself.

'There are a lot of names being bandied around, certainly a lot with more experience than I have got.'

Shearer believes McClaren was made to carry responsibility for a more general failing in English football.

He said: 'I am not accusing any of them of not wanting to play for their country, but it wasn't pretty the other night.

'We have to address it. Steve McClaren has paid the price for that. We have to take our time and overhaul and look at everything from top to bottom and see where we go.'