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Last Updated: Friday, 11 February, 2005, 12:45 GMT
Bruce sets sights on England job
Birmingham boss Steve Bruce
Bruce has managed at five English clubs
Birmingham boss Steve Bruce has admitted he has ambitions of becoming England manager in the future.

Bruce, 44, who took over at Birmingham in December 2001, said he viewed the England job as the "pinnacle" of any English manager's career.

"The plum job for me is the national manager's job," Bruce told BBC Radio Five Live.

"It would be very nice and I'd love the chance. I'm just flattered I've been mentioned as a possible candidate."

Bruce, who has had spells in charge at Sheffield United, Huddersfield, Wigan and Crystal Palace, said he wanted to test his managerial abilities at the highest level.

"If you're a player - what's the ultimate? You want to play in the Premier League and you want to play for your country," added Bruce.

"And if you're managing in the lower divisions then you aspire to manage in the Premier League - like I did. And then you think, 'if I have a crack at this and do okay then I could land the plum job?'"

Current England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has a contract to remain in the post until 2008.

Interview: Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce

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