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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 February 2006, 10:28 GMT
Scolari rejects language concerns
Luiz Felipe Scolari
Scolari's contract with Portugal runs out in the summer
Luiz Felipe Scolari says his lack of English should not stop him becoming Sven-Goran Eriksson's successor.

Brazilian Scolari will leave his job as Portugal manager after this year's World Cup and he has hinted that he would be interested in the England job.

"I know if I want to take over England I need to learn the language more," he told Five Live's Sportsweek programme.

"It is difficult now but I know in two or three months I need to learn more and it is no problem for me."

He added: "It is not a problem for the job as the language for the players I know very well but it is important for communication with the media."

Scolari also said he would consider the Newcastle job, along with the England vacancy, but only after his contract with Portugal expires.

"After I finish my contract with Portugal I consider all offers," he said.

Scolari engineered England's downfall at the 2002 World Cup, with his Brazil side knocking out Eriksson's team at the quarter-final stage.

And Scolari's Portugal side also ended England's hopes at the last eight stage of Euro 2004, winning on penalties before going on to lose to Greece in the final.

Scolari told the Observer last month: "I get happy when my name is mentioned for a job with a club or the England team but we must respect our fellow professionals."

He added: "I would analyse with interest if I received an invitation to work in England but I will only be able to talk about that at the end of my contract."

Interview: Luiz Felipe Scolari

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