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Man Utd legend Cantona: Southgate England coach only because no club wants him

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona insists Gareth Southgate has the England job because no club would have him!

Cantona is no fan of international football.

He told the Daily Mail: "The best managers are with the best clubs — not with national teams. That is the truth of it. Think about it.

"At the World Cup the coach of Spain [Julen Lopetegui] was offered a job with Madrid and he took it, even though he could no longer be with Spain who were one of the favourites to win the Word Cup. He preferred to coach Madrid than Spain.

"Why? Because the best clubs are where the best coaches want to be.

"Look at England. I like Southgate but what did he do as a manager before? He was manager of Middlesbrough. What did he win? Nothing. Why do they have him as England coach? Because he was the only one not at a big club.

"I say it as it is — the coaches of international teams are there because no club wants them."

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