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Eddie Howe effectively ruled himself out of the running to replace Sam Allardyce as England manager, insisting he would not countenance 'turning his back' on Bournemouth.

Howe is considered one of England's brightest young managers and is among the favourites to succeed Allardyce, whose contract was terminated by mutual consent on Tuesday following damaging dealings with undercover reporters.

Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate is in pole position having been handed the reins for the next four games, but the FA are sure to assess other options having allowed themselves time to ponder the landscape.

Howe was also linked with the job prior to Allardyce's ill-fated appointment in July but made it clear that, at just 38 years old, he did not feel the timing was right for him to step into the international arena.

With that equation essentially unchanged given the brevity of Allardyce's reign, it should be no surprise to see Howe distance himself from the post.

The FA may still be interested in the Cherries boss but he left only a sliver of a chance that he could be persuaded to leave.

"They haven't come to me and my message is very similar: I am committed here. I love the job and I have a lot more to do here," he said.

"I think I have said in many interviews that the England job is the ultimate job. It sounds arrogant but I am not interested in the job now, but you never know what will happen in the future.

"I have signed players very recently and I am committed to them, I have a future to them, the rest of the season.

"It's all hypothetical of course but I could not turn my back on this club. I want to show loyalty to the people who have employed me, the same loyalty that they showed me."

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