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Pardew admits England role the pinnacle

Press Association logoPress Association 29/09/2016 Mark Mann-Bryans

Alan Pardew believes the Football Association should do more to bring through potential England managers after admitting the role would be the "pinnacle of any Englishman's career".

The 55-year-old is among the names being linked to the position following the acrimonious end to Sam Allardyce's 67-day reign, which saw his contract terminated by mutual consent on Tuesday after he was secretly filmed by the Daily Telegraph making a series of controversial comments.

Crystal Palace boss Pardew insists he is entirely focused on his position at Selhurst Park despite being one of a select group of managers touted as Allardyce's long-term successor after Gareth Southgate stepped up from the Under-21s to take charge of England's next four matches.

And he also suggested the FA is not doing enough to help English managers prepare for potentially managing their country in the future and has called for more integration within the set-up.

"They keep talking about having a system," he said at his press conference on Thursday.

"I have a little criticism that I felt in the summer when the job came up. Myself, Eddie Howe, any English manager as far as I'm aware, has never been invited to England as a guest and I think we should be.

"We should understand what goes on at press conferences for England and behind the scenes - otherwise how are we going to get experience.

"Eddie is at Bournemouth and I'm at Crystal Palace, we are not at Manchester United or top clubs.

"International experience is very difficult (to get), I have got into Europe twice, you could easily put against my name that I lack international experience but how am I going to get it?

"I have got to jump through hoops to get this club into Europe so that is an error the FA should look at."

Pardew, who is the highest-placed English manager in the Premier League at present as his Palace side sit seventh, along with Howe, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and former Hull manager Steve Bruce, have all once again seen their names linked to the England post.

The Eagles boss has been in charge at Palace since January 2015 and the club hold a special place for him as he also turned out for them during his playing career.

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