Ralf Rangnick says he hasn’t been approached by the English Football Association (FA) regarding the vacancy at the manager position.
The 58-year-old German is currently the sporting director at Red Bull Leipzig in the Bundesliga, but has numerous years of managerial experience. He spent four-and-a-half years in charge at Hoffenheim, and led the side to Bundesliga promotion in 2008.
Rangnick confirmed that he was approached by the English FA after Euro 2016, but that they ended up hiring Sam Allardyce instead. Allardyce parted ways with England after just 67 days at the job after making controversial statements to undercover reports on how to circumvent FA transfer rules.
Rangnick is one of the names that are being thrown around for the England job, along with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.
“At the moment there has been no contact – no approach,” Rangnick told Sky Sports.
“It’s right that I received a phone call from Dan Ashworth a few days after the Euro 2016 finals. He wanted me to become the England national team coach.
“I went there and it was a good meeting. But on the one hand they told me that the board preferred an English coach.”
England U21 manager Gareth Southgate is taking over the national side on an interim basis. England takes on Malta on Oct. 8 and Slovenia three days later in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.