Former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino has instructed Sky Sports News he’s “open” to a managerial return with a nationwide workforce.
The 50-year-old has been out of labor because the summer season after being sacked by PSG in July and was linked with the Aston Villa job final month, earlier than Unai Emery was appointed as Steven Gerrard’s alternative.
But the Argentine’s subsequent managerial step may come internationally with the previous Southampton boss revealing he can be desirous about taking cost of a nationwide workforce.
He completely instructed Sky Sports News in Qatar: “It wasn’t under my consideration to go [into international management] but now, yes I am open. Why not?
“Yes, in fact we’re nonetheless younger, filled with vitality, and day-by-day I just like the adrenaline to practice, to be concerned. Maybe the nationwide workforce is a special job, however why not.
“If it is not the following job, then perhaps sooner or later.
“It’s not specific that all I want is Argentina. If another country, why not? For sure, that would be good also.”
‘England’s high quality means they will be feared’
England certified for the knockout phases of the World Cup on Tuesday night time with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Wales to arrange a last-16 conflict towards Senegal on Sunday.
Pochettino has been following the World Cup in Qatar and believes England have an excellent probability of profitable their first main match since 1966.
He stated: “France or different national teams could be in trouble when they face England.
“England have the standard to be one of many groups with a chance to win the World Cup.
“I saw a very good performance against Wales, and I believe the quality is there. It’s all about believing and performing in a way which can grant you the possibility to be there.
“But I actually, actually imagine this 12 months England can battle to strive to carry the World Cup.
“[Gareth] Southgate is doing a fantastic job. He was a little bit unlucky in the final of the Euros against Italy, but he’s doing a fantastic job and deserves a lot of credit.”
Poch: I’ve all the time preferred Rashford
Marcus Rashford starred for England on Tuesday night time as he scored twice towards Wales in a player-of-the-match efficiency.
The Manchester United ahead was reportedly a goal for PSG in the summertime and Pochettino revealed he is a big admirer of the 25-year-old.
“I’ve always liked [Rashford],” he stated. “I knew of his process because I was in England, but I think he’s a great player.
“He simply wants the arrogance and for himself to imagine, to put him on the high stage. The high quality is there for him.”
‘Messi would not want to win World Cup to be one of many best’
Former Argentina midfielder Pochettino has additionally backed his residence nation to enhance on the match after a rocky begin noticed them undergo a shock defeat to Saudi Arabia earlier than recovering with a 2-0 win over Mexico.
He stated: “Argentina’s performances are going up. It was tough for the big names like Argentina and Germany in the first games, but I think the performances are getting better and better.
“I believe we noticed many video games the place the precept factor was battle. We did not see nice high quality, solely in just a few video games. But I believe it is going to enhance, and Argentina are most actually in that place.
“Because of the preparation, only having one week to organise things, we are going to see better performances from teams as it goes on.”
Pochettino managed fellow countryman Lionel Messi at PSG however feels it isn’t crucial for the 35-year-old to carry the World Cup to cement his legacy.
“Messi doesn’t need to win the World Cup to be one of the greatest, in my point of view,” he stated. “He’s won the Ballon d’Or seven times.
“Of course, there is a huge debate about this however for me, he’s on the identical stage as [Diego] Maradona.
“For sure, all the players want to win the World Cup, it’s the dream when you are a child. He has the same idea in his mind, and I hope it happens because he has given so much to football.
“Now there’s a risk for soccer to reward Messi.”