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Last Updated: Sunday, 16 April 2006, 09:17 GMT 10:17 UK
Scolari 'out of England running'
Luiz Felipe Scolari
Scolari says he has no plans to talk to the FA again
Luiz Felipe Scolari appears to have ruled himself out of the running to become England manager.

The Portugal coach is thought to be on the Football Association's shortlist but says he will not consider any job offers until after the World Cup.

The Brazilian told Radio Globo: "I'll think about my future after 31 July. I don't know what I'll do after Germany."

The FA will announce Sven-Goran Eriksson's successor before this summer's tournament in Germany.

Scolari, who guided Brazil to World Cup glory in 2002, has also told BBC Five Live that he has no plans to return to London and has agreed with the Portuguese football federation not to have any more contact with the FA.

That would appear to leave the FA with four candidates: Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren, Bolton's Sam Allardyce, Charlton's Alan Curbishley and former Celtic manager Martin O'Neill.

The list of future England managers should not be left until one day after the current manager has disappeared
Former England caretaker boss Howard Wilkinson

McClaren remains the bookmakers' favourite following Boro's run to the semi-finals of both the FA and Uefa Cups.

However, former England caretaker manager Howard Wilkinson, now chairman of the League Manager's Association, believes the process of finding Eriksson's successor should be simplified.

"The list of future England managers should not be left until one day after the current manager has disappeared," Wilkinson told BBC Radio Five Live.

"All of a sudden everyone is in a panic, running round all over the place, sometimes not quite sure of what the credentials for the job are.

"It gets the next bloke off on a bad foot, and that is why the process should be more streamlined and easier than this - certainly it should be quicker."

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