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Scolari still has regrets over rejecting England job

Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has admitted that rejecting the chance to manage England still "hurts" him, reports BBC Sport. Scolari, who is preparing his country to face England on Wednesday, ruled himself out contention to succeed Sven-Goran Eriksson in 2006.

He turned down the role following what he saw as media intrusion.

"Of course it hurts. It hurts a lot because I would have loved to have been manager of the England national team. Who wouldn't?" said Scolari.

The 64-year-old guided Portugal to the last four at the 2006 World Cup, knocking England out on penalties at the quarter-finals.

"When I was invited to be national coach of England, when we sat together at that time, I still had a contract with the Portugal national team. And I wasn't willing to break that contract," he said.

"It was my duty to fulfil that contract. Imagine in 2006 if we had played together? And I already had a contract with the England national team?"

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