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Ryan flattered by England talk

Former Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan is "flattered" to have been linked with a role in a possible new-look England coaching set-up, but believes whoever leads the Red Rose needs to have a vision for the future.

With current manager Martin Johnson's future up in the air after a disappointing World Cup, and changes expected to be made at a number of levels at the Rugby Football Union, several names have been mentioned as potential candidates to help reshape the national team.

Former England internationals Will Carling and Brian Moore have called for Ryan to be drafted in as a specialist forwards coach, and the 45-year-old said: "It's nice to be talked about and I am flattered, but I am just a small cog. The danger in this country is we look at the top of the Premiership, see who is top and go for them. That does not necessarily help for continuity."

He added: "We need the person at the very top to shape a vision for English rugby, going to the 2015 World Cup, and those under him to share it.

"There are a lot of reviews going on at the minute, but they're not going to tell us anything we don't already know.

"What we need to do is find a figurehead who can give us the vision that we need going towards the 2015 World Cup."

Ryan is promoting the 'Heroes Rugby Challenge', a Northern v Southern Hemisphere clash at Twickenham on December 3, raising money for Help the Heroes.

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