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Alan Pardew admits England job the pinnacle and wants more involvement with FA

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 the likes of 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.

For that reason, Pardew says he is exactly where he wants to be at present, even if he knows managing his country would be the biggest honour of his career.

"Eddie Howe said it was the pinnacle for any Englishman's career, I agree with that," he said.

"I'm so lucky to have this football club where it is right now, the chairman and I have a great relationship. They have shown me great faith and I have a team I have a good feeling. This football club at this time is where I want to be.

"It holds a special place for me as I played here, that is where my focus is entirely right now.

"Of course I'm privileged and proud to be in that small group that is going to be linked with it that I'm not going to shy away from.

"The other part is the focus I have to do here and return in their loyalty to me, that won't shake, I won't let that happen to me."

Southgate has been named as Allardyce's replacement on a temporary basis and the former Middlesbrough boss played alongside Pardew during their time together at Palace and has been backed to do well in the role.

"They have a good manager in charge in Gareth, he has been through the system and knows the players coming through," he said of Southgate.

"I have respect for him as a player, I played with him, and a coach and a manager - he has a bit of an X-factor about him. He has four games guaranteed, I think he will do well and I hope he does.

"He can relate to players, he can speak their language. He understands their issues, he understands the issues around the England team for sure because he has that experience, he can pass that on.

"There are not many England internationals who have done all the badges on the coaching side, some of them are on the TV saying they want to be England manager and they haven't done a coaching badge.

"Gareth is a coach in his own right, he could coach anywhere in the world, and I think he has the right attributes (to succeed)."


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