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Wales boss Coleman rules out taking over England job

Football Soccer - Euro 2016 - Wales News Conference - COSEC Stadium, Dinard, France - 3/7/16 Wales coach Chris Coleman during the news conference. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Football Soccer - Euro 2016 - Wales News Conference - COSEC Stadium, Dinard, France - 3/7/16 Wales coach Chris Coleman during the news conference. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

(Reuters) - Wales manager Chris Coleman has poured cold water on the possibility of him filling the England manager's post recently vacated by Roy Hodgson.

Coleman, who took over from the late Gary Speed in 2012, has guided Wales to a Euro 2016 semi-final showdown against Portugal in Lyon on Wednesday in the country's first major tournament appearance since 1958.

The 46-year-old, who extended his contract in May until the end of the 2018 World Cup, ruled out the possibility of switching country allegiances.

"It's something that would never, ever enter my thinking," Coleman told reporters as he prepares for Wales' first ever last four appearance at a senior international tournament.

"I'm a Welshman through and through. It would only ever be Wales."

The former Fulham and Real Sociedad manager added that his desire to manage in Europe's elite club competition could lure him to the continent rather than a return to the Premier League.

"I quite fancy the chance of going abroad again, because I think that's my best chance of managing Champions League football," he added.

"If we're being honest, Champions League football in the Premier League, you're talking about the top, big, massive clubs and it's not something I think I'd get linked with.

"So my best chance of managing Champions League football would be abroad and it's an ambition of mine. To manage another country? No, I wouldn't. That's not something I would consider."

Hodgson resigned following four years at the helm immediately after England suffered and embarrassing 2-1 loss to Iceland in their Round of 16 encounter in Nice on June 27.

(Reporting by Nivedita Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by John O'Brien)

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