Jose Mourinho ‘had a contract on the table’ to become England manager – and explains why he turned the job down as he tips the Three Lions as potential Euro winners

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Jose Mourinho has sensationally revealed he was once offered the chance to become England manager, but turned the role down while he focussed on club football.

The 61-year-old is currently out of management after departing his position as Roma head coach in January with the club’s board opting for a change in the dugout.

Having already enjoyed serial success at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Tottenham and Roma, Mourinho is now being tipped for a potential move into international management.

The Portuguese previously rejected the chance to manage his home nation and has been mentioned as a potential successor to Gareth Southgate when he eventually leaves the England post.

However, should England come calling after this year’s European Championship, then it would be the second time Mourinho has turned down the position as he explained he was offered the role before Fabio Capello was appointed in 2007.

Jose Mourinho has sensationally revealed he was once offered the chance to become England manager

Mourinho claimed he had a 'contract on the table' to become England manager before Fabio Capello was appointed in December 2007

Mourinho claimed he had a ‘contract on the table’ to become England manager before Fabio Capello was appointed in December 2007

Mourinho was speaking exclusively with former England international Rio Ferdinand

Mourinho was speaking exclusively with former England international Rio Ferdinand

The Italian replaced Steve McLaren in the dugout after the now-Man United assistant coach endured a disastrous spell in charge, but it could have been Mourinho taking England to the 2010 World Cup rather than Capello.

Mourinho made the startling revelation as he was asked by Premier League hall of famer, Rio Ferdinand, to rank the best England midfielders out of Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard, and Steven Gerrard.

Dropping the bombshell claim, Mourinho said: ‘I could be that coach in the national team. Also yours imagine.

‘I had it there on the table. [I didn’t take it] because I was and am still there a little bit because I had always the national team job as something that I wouldn’t enjoy.

‘This was so Chelsea was 04/05, 05/06, 06/07, 07/08 and 07/08 was when Mr Capello got the job,’ he added.

England ended up crashing out of the World Cup in South Africa at the quarter-final stage in controversial circumstances as Frank Lampard’s goal-that-never-counted ignited fierce debate about introducing Video Assistant Referees [VAR].

Capello eventually left his position two-years later as England’s so-called ‘Golden Generation’ wasted another opportunity to lift silverware.

Ferdinand was shocked after finding out Mourinho could have been his national team coach, stressing: ‘With you as the coach we would have won something.’

Mourinho was in charge of Chelsea during his first stint at the club in 2007 when he was offered the England job

Mourinho was in charge of Chelsea during his first stint at the club in 2007 when he was offered the England job

Mourinho has coached a crop of England stars during his stunning career in club football

Mourinho has coached a crop of England stars during his stunning career in club football

Mourinho believes that England's current crop of superstars can end the nation's wait for silverware

Mourinho believes that England’s current crop of superstars can end the nation’s wait for silverware

However, the serial Premier League and Champions League winning manager is keeping tabs on England’s current squad, reserving special praise for Jude Bellingham and admitting his belief that ‘they are just missing’ something extra that is required to win major competitions.

‘It is a very good generation. They can win the Euros this year. This kind of mentality that when the guys go abroad,’ José Mourinho, Football.com Global ambassador told FIVE.

‘I think this kid has to be something different, he is a kid from the world, is not the kid from just playing of course in the best league in the world, but just in the Premier League to bring something something different.

‘For example [Jude] Bellingham I don’t know the kid I never spoke with the kid but I believe that there  is something that separates him from the boys that were born in England, developed in England, playing in England, living in England.

Mourinho labelled England and Real Madrid's Jude Bellingham as a 'kid from the world'

Mourinho labelled England and Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham as a ‘kid from the world’

Mourinho has been tipped by some to succeed Gareth Southgate as England manager in the future

Mourinho has been tipped by some to succeed Gareth Southgate as England manager in the future

‘When this kid in Madrid scored a goal and open the arms is this dimension you know, shows the character you know, it is not doing it like arrogance. 

‘It is just you know, yeah, “I did it again”. You know, you see the kids it’s big, big, big personality.

‘I cannot say I wish they do it [win the Euros], because I think Portugal can do it and I wish Portugal do it. But they can do it. That generation can do it,’ added Mourinho.

All three parts of the interview will be available on FIVE’s YouTube. The full interview with José Mourinho will be available on @FIVEUK’s audio platforms, Spotify, Apple and Google Podcasts.

 



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