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It is a measure of how bad things are that so many football fans are willing to consider a foreigner as England manager - so long as they think they are talking about Arsÿne Wenger. Mention a German and the limits of broadminded internationalism are suddenly reached.

It is a measure of how bad things are that so many football fans are willing to consider a foreigner as England manager - so long as they think they are talking about Arsÿne Wenger. Mention a German and the limits of broadminded internationalism are suddenly reached.

Come on down, then, Berti Vogts, Germany's former coach, who says he has been sounded out about the job for which Kevin Keegan is not cut out. If Mr Vogts really is the best person for the job - although that seems unlikely - let England have him. There is nothing in the rules that says a national team's coach has to be in any way connected to the country the team represents. After all, the British rowers who did so well at the Sydney Olympics were coached by a German; the English cricket team is coached by a Zimbabwean; and the British Lions rugby team will next year be coached by a New Zealander.

The only real argument against appointing a German is that German football seems itself to be in a parlous state. The German national side, after all, only managed to scrape a 1-0 win against a bunch of no-hopers in the World Cup qualifiers earlier this month. If England get Mr Vogts, perhaps they will take Terry Venables.

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