MARTIN SAMUEL: The England dressing-room is on the floor but the FA’s stop-gap fudge of an interim boss with Arsene Wenger on a promise for next year is the stupidest idea since, well, the last one


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Steve Bruce would not do anything Roy Hodgson didn’t. Arsene Wenger in a year would be far preferable. Sprulesey, Bristol.

No, Arsene Wenger now might be preferable, but he’s not going to come. Arsene Wenger in a year would be potentially disastrous because it would leave us with a lame duck interim manager who would have to take charge of at least half and probably nearer three-fifths of England’s World Cup qualifying campaign, including the away matches against Slovakia, Slovenia and Scotland. Sounds straightforward, but this was an England team that failed to beat Slovakia, and then lost to Iceland, so who knows? Wenger has been the Holy Grail for the Football Association throughout this century. I’ve heard him give indications that he would be interested, I’ve heard him say he couldn’t possibly coach any other country but France. And do we know he…


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