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Arsenal boss Wenger: I want to help England

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed he is ready to help The Football Association in its search for a new England manager.

FA chief executive Brian Barwick is planning to meet with Wenger as he seeks advice over a replacement for Steve McClaren.

Wenger, who has ruled himself out of the running to replace McClaren, believes the new manager will be walking into a good job.

"I feel the next manager will have one advantage compared to all the others - he'll have time because he will have no competition next year," Wenger told The Mirror.

"What people don't understand is that now it can become an interesting job, because you can really convince everybody if you have a clear vision of what you want to do, where you want to go.

"This is a real football country but the morale is so low at the moment, so low that I am sure the country is ready to stand behind somebody who shows them where he wants to go.

"I don't believe it's the hardest job in football.

"Pressure-wise certainly. When you play the games it's the hardest because it means so much to everybody here.

"But I don't think it's an impossible job because you have world-class players. And it's important the players know that because some of them, like Rooney, Lampard and Gerrard, who are world class, must be wondering, 'Are we good enough?' They are good enough.

"I feel English football is good - and the fact they are exposed to higher competition can be used in a positive way.

"I'm an England supporter. Of course I am. I have worked here for 11 years.

"I can understand the shock that not qualifying for Euro 2008 has caused in this country. It's because everybody loves football here and loves the England team.

"But there are three years to the next major competition and you can use that as a good target to build towards to get something special."

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