Klinsmann puts stop to England talk, quickly

Not for the first time, U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been linked to a major coaching job, but he has this time moved quickly to dismiss rumors of interest in the again-vacant England national team job he only a month ago denied he had been approached about.

Sam Allardyce quit on Tuesday following his remarks caught on tape in an undercover Daily Telegraph investigation into alleged corruption in English soccer. Numerous reports linked Klinsmann with the job Allardyce took.

But in an interview with ESPN FC before the September qualifiers against St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago, Klinsmann said he had grown tired of denying the rumor.

"If I deny this, now the next rumor comes, and then I deny the next rumor and the next one," he said. "I just said to [U.S. men's national team press officer Michael Kammarman], 'I'm out of this. I'm not commenting on anything here because it doesn't really matter anyway.'"

On Wednesday, Klinsmann ended the speculation that he might be available for the England job.

"No truth to the rumors regarding England. Our entire focus is on November 11 when Columbus will rock," Klinsmann tweeted.

The USA plays Cuba and New Zealand in friendlies in October before opening the Hexagonal against Mexico Nov. 11 in Columbus, Ohio.

Gareth Southgate will serve as interim coach for England's next four matches. Klinsmann had ranked sixth at UniBet UK among the favorites to replace Allardyce behind Alan Pardew, Steve Bruce, Eddie Howe, Glenn Hoddle and Southgate.

3 comments about "Klinsmann puts stop to England talk, quickly".
  1. Gary Allen, September 29, 2016 at 7:37 a.m.

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  2. Gary Allen replied, September 29, 2016 at 7:38 a.m.

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