England women: Canada's John Herdman would consider role

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Herdman 'would consider' England job

Englishman John Herdman would consider an approach from the Football Association to replace Hope Powell as the England women's coach.

Herdman, 38, from Newcastle, is currently coach of the Canada women's team that won bronze at London 2012.

"If the English FA ring me up, it's my homeland, and if they say 'we need your help' I'm going to consider that," Herdman told BBC Sport.

"But at the end of the day I have a big job here with some exciting players."

The former Leeds student worked his way up the coaching ranks in New Zealand before taking charge of the national women's team in 2006, leading the side during two World Cup campaigns and the 2008 Olympics.

He became Canada coach in 2011 and helped the North Americans to the Pan American Games title and bronze at the London Olympics.

With the country set to host the 2015 World Cup, Herdman says his focus is on his current role.

"I've got a job to do here and the more time I spend thinking about other jobs, the less chance I've got of being successful.

"If I wasn't in the Canada job, you'd go 'I'd love to do that', but I'm in a big position here and have a massive responsibility at the same time.

"Until a job is presented there is no point even talking. I'm just honoured that someone would even think of a little lad from Newcastle to be even considered for a position like that."

Powell, 46, was sacked by England on Tuesday having been in charge of the national team since 1998. She led her squad to the Euro 2009 final and helped them to the quarter-finals at the 2007 and 2011 World Cups.

However, the former Croydon player was criticised after England were eliminated in the group stages of Euro 2013 last month.

FA general secretary Alex Horne said after "the disappointment" of that tournament, "the time is right to make a change and for a fresh outlook".

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