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Real Madrid boss Mourinho: I was within hours of taking England job

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho admits he almost took the England job.

The former Chelsea manager was in talks for the role following the dismissal of Steve McClaren.

Mourinho said in an interview with l'Equipe: "I was hours away - I almost signed up for the England national team.

"But at the last minute I began thinking, 'I am going to coach a national side, there will be one match a month and the rest of the time I will be in my office or overseeing matches. And then to have to wait until the summer to compete in a European Championship or a World Cup'? No, it wasn't for me.

"So at the last moment I pulled back, preferring to wait for the right job to come along, a good club, a challenge that could motivate me. That was Inter (Milan)."

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