'Steve, could you be England's next coach?' 'Well... I've got the CV'

Steve McClaren, whose career as England's manager ended with the failure to qualify for Euro 2008, has endorsed "absolutely" the Football Association's recent announcement that the next England manager will be English, but also that he should have the skills that he himself is currently acquiring – which raises the intriguing possibility that he could return to the job one day.

McClaren said he loves club football, and working daily with players, but in a discussion on the subject of the England job, and prompted to talk about his own name cropping up as a contender, he did not rule himself out for good.

McClaren lost the England job in November 2007, and the FA replaced him with Fabio Capello, who has confirmed he will step down after Euro 2012. McClaren spent two seasons with FC Twente in the Netherlands, taking them to the first Eredivisie title in their history, in May, and bagging himself a new job in the process, with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

McClaren told The Independent over the weekend that he believes "absolutely" in the principle of the next England manager being English. "I think you can learn a lot from other countries, but it is adapting to the culture, adapting the way the English players are [that's hard for a foreigner]," he said.

Expanding on the qualities needed in England's next manager, he added: "I do think the person needs to be experienced, needs to win things, needs to have experience of Europe. People over the next couple of years will have to try to achieve that because international football is a different proposition to club football. You've seen it with even the top club managers – it's difficult job."

McClaren has not had the best of starts in Germany. Wolfsburg lost 2-0 at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, having previously lost 4-3 against Mainz (from 3-0 up) and 2-1 to Bayern Munich thanks to a last-minute goal.

McClaren, 49, who built his reputation as a successful coach at Derby and Manchester United before managing Middlesbrough, was asked if he was aware his name is being talked about in regards to England. To which he replied: "What I'm doing is I took a big challenge in Holland and enjoyed that, and I took a bigger one here. At the moment, it's not going so good but I look more long-term. As a coach, trainer, it can still benefit me [working in Germany]."

Of Capello's confirmation that he will leave in 2012, he added: "That's an interesting announcement, that in two years he [Capello] will go. So everyone is clamouring, and you [the media] will all be discussing the subject, but in two years there will be somebody new, some different names."

Three defeats from three put pressure on McClaren going into next weekend's home game with Hannover but a decent season or two and perceptions would rapidly change. The FA does not have too many English candidates who tick all the boxes of being successful and having international experience. Roy Hodgson and perhaps Harry Redknapp (with a good Champions League campaign) would arguably be the strongest candidates but as McClaren said, things can change considerably by 2012.

He also said he thought a winter break would be a positive step for English football overall. "I do think it will help if you ever get the rule for a winter break. Because everywhere I've been – Holland and Germany have one – and you see the benefits. I saw the benefit in my time in Holland just to have that break.

"Even if it's just a week over Christmas, you clear up injuries. It helps, I'm telling you. It really does."

voicesSiobhan Norton on why she eventually changed her mind
Life and Style
fashion Designs are part of feminist art project by a British student
Snoop Dogg pictured at The Hollywood Reporter Nominees' Night in February, 2013
people... says Snoop Dogg
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
food + drinkZebra meat is exotic and lean - but does it taste good?
Arts and Entertainment
Residents of Derby Road in Southampton oppose filming of Channel 4 documentary Immigration Street in their community
Arts and Entertainment
The Tour de France peloton rides over a bridge on the Grinton Moor, Yorkshire, earlier this month
Scottish singer Susan Boyle will perform at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow
commonwealth games
Lane Del Rey performing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2014
people... but none of them helped me get a record deal, insists Lana Del Rey
Arts and Entertainment
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in Hercules
filmReview: The Rock is a muscular Davy Crockett in this preposterous film, says Geoffrey Macnab
Caption competition
Caption competition

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn