Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger refused to comment on the offer of England manager Getty

Arsene Wenger has refused to comment on whether he was offered the role of manager for the England national team but insisted that it was always better for a man of the same nationality to take over the job. Sam Allardyce has taken over the reins from Roy Hodgson after England's woeful performance in the recently concluded Euros, where they crashed out to Iceland in the round of 16.

Arsenal began their pre-season campaign against Lens where they went a goal behind owing to an error by Calum Chambers in the first half. However, a delightful chip by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got the Gunners level before the final whistle as they prepare for their trip to the US for the next round of games.

Wenger's contract with the north London club ends after the end of the season but he refused to pursue talks of an extension. When asked if he does have designs to take over England in the future, Wenger objected by stating that it would not be fair on Allardyce, to talk about a future role, who has been given charge of the team and that the former Sunderland manager has his full support.

"I wouldn't like to talk about all the talks the FA had, but I was focused anyway. I always said I respect my contracts and that's what I do," Wenger told Arsenal's official website, when asked if he was interviewed for the job.

"First we want to be behind the guy who is in charge now, not talk about me managing England. That would be unfair. He has my full support. No matter who manages England, he has my full support. It's my second country. I was a supporter of England and I was at every game. I feel there's something there for this team to come out strong. They had some good patches during the Euros, but they just couldn't turn up against Iceland. Overall, you feel there is quality in the team."