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Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

John Herdman ‘honoured’ by link with England job

Canada boss would find it tough to turn down chance to replace Hope Powell

Women's football: John Herdman admitted today that he would find it hard to turn down the chance to replace Hope Powell as the England women’s coach, but vowed to stay focused on his job with Canada until he hears any different.

The Newcastle native’s name was immediately linked with the vacancy after Powell was sacked by the Football Association yesterday following 15 years at the helm.

Herdman has a growing reputation in the game after leading Canada to Olympic bronze last year, with the 2015 Women’s World Cup hosts loath to let him go.

But the 38-year-old confessed that he would have to listen if his home country came calling.

He told the BBC: “I’ve got a job to do here and the more time I spend thinking about other jobs, the less chance I’ve got of being successful.

“I’m going to keep doing what I do and if the English FA ring me up, it’s my homeland, and if they say ‘we need your help’ I’m going to consider that.

“Until a job is presented there is no point even talking. I’m just honoured that someone would even think of a little lad from Newcastle to be even considered for a position like that.”

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