The FA turned down the chance to interview Pep Guardiola for the England job last year. The Mail on Sunday says an FA insider insists former chairman David Bernstein was right to 'go English', not least because it would send the right message concerning home talent. Sources say former Barcelona coach Guardiola was interested in talking to the FA when Fabio Capello resigned in February last year and an intermediary contacted the governing body to let them know.

Guardiola announced on April 27 last year that he would take the 2012-13 season off but he has subsequently returned to management this season with Bayern Munich.

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