That’s according to football consultant Ian McGarry, who says the Portuguese almost became Three Lions boss after his first spell at Chelsea.
Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United on December 18.
He was responsible for the club’s worst ever start to a Premier League campaign, which has been dramatically resurrected by caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
McGarry doesn’t think Mourinho will ever manage in the English top flight again, but insists he would jump at the chance to manage the national side.
“I think there’s something in Jose that he’d love to manage the England national team”
“I’m not sure that we will see Jose Mourinho back in English football as a Premier League manager,” he told The Transfer Window podcast.
“I think his second spell at Chelsea and how that ended, and then his spell at Manchester United and how that ended, will put a lot of clubs off hiring him as well.
“As well as the perception of him in the media and how he was certainly treated differently than other mangers and not given the same treatment that others have had – preferential treatment almost – in terms of their media profile.
“I would say this, he came very close to becoming England manager in 2007 or 2008 after he left Chelsea the first time. I think there’s something in Jose that he’d love to manage the England national team, whether or not the FA think that way is another question altogether.”
McGarry’s comments came after it was claimed:
Mourinho looked certain to be on his way back to Real Madrid last week.
Los Blancos’ Champions League last-16 exit at the hands of Ajax plunged Santiago Solari’s future at the club into doubt, meaning the Special One was tipped by many to make a stunning return.
However, Real ultimately decided to bring Zinedine Zidane back instead – reappointing the Frenchman 10 months after he stepped down as manager.
Reports in Spain suggest Mourinho had already planned ahead and identified four transfer targets from the Premier League in the hope he would get the job.
The 56-year-old was believed to have been keen on a reunion with United goalkeeper David De Gea.
He was also rumoured to have been interested in snapping up Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen – yet that will be no surprise to the latter, who has been linked with a move to Madrid for some time.
And the final player on Mourinho’s reported shortlist was Liverpool centre-back Virgil Van Dijk.