"I want to keep this job for as long as I can," he said. "All I'd suggested was that the team and I needed a good Euro 2000 and we must focus on that rather than the World Cup qualifying games. That is what is in front of me. That's the priority - I've never used the word `quit'."
Keegan insisted that he had no regrets about taking the job - "not for one day". "If I hadn't wanted the job I wouldn't have taken it. I could have stayed at Fulham. I took the England job because I wanted it. I want it even more now. But I am a realist: I know the performances have got to improve under me. I know they will."
Keegan added that England have the players to be a force at the European Championship next year, despite only having qualified via the play-offs.
"Player-wise I think we have enough quality in numbers," he said. "Not massive numbers, but we do have strength in depth."