England manager''s job is "a poisoned chalice", says Fergie

London, July 17: The England manager's job is "a poisoned chalice", says Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, which is why he has turned it down twice.

"I've been asked to manage the England team on a couple of occasions but, of course, it's out of the question. It's a poisoned chalice anyway - it's a terrible job. Plus I've a tremendous handicap being Scottish. Any way you look at it, that's important," The Sun quoted Fergie, as saying.

The Old Trafford boss also hit out at the expectation on the shoulders of star striker Wayne Rooney, who flopped for England at the the World Cup in South Africa.

“Wayne has not had any great experience of World Cup football. World Cup football comes along every four years and for a lot of players it's a once in a lifetime thing. Wayne will have other opportunities and he'll be better because of experience," Fergie said.

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