John Terry has hailed Jose Mourinho as an ideal England manager.
The Chelsea and England captain is convinced former boss Mourinho, who left Stamford Bridge by mutual consent in September, has the ingredients to help England out of the international wilderness following their failure to qualify for Euro 2008.
Last month's 3-2 defeat to Croatia cost Steve McClaren his job and the Football Association are now hunting for his replacement.
Terry has already held talks with FA chief executive Brian Barwick about a number of subjects and the next England manager is understood to have been one of them.
Terry declared: 'I have had a meeting with Brian Barwick but that stays very private between me and him.
'It was not just about managers but many things. But that will stay very private. I sure he will meet a few of the other guys as well but it is great to be consulted on these matters.
'Jose came in and took us to a new level at Chelsea. I am very lucky to have worked with Jose - he is a fantastic manager and a fantastic guy.
'He is one that really stands out for me and could make a big difference. He's a great guy, tactically he is very aware, and he understands the game very well.
'He enjoys the day-in, day-out stuff with a club side so maybe it would not suit him, but you never know - it is down to the FA to contact him if they want to speak to him.
'But there are other managers out there that are being talked about who are very good.'
Terry still finds England's failure to qualify for Euro 2008 hard to stomach but he hit back at suggestions the country's highly-paid stars don't care enough.
He added: 'I came into football because I love the game. When you get the disappointments like Euro 2008 and then people speak about money and cars, it is really frustrating because they don't mean anything to me.
'It is about playing for your country and having the pride to honour your country, shirt and family.
'We are at a very low point at the moment. We can only go forward. The FA are looking to bring in the right man to take us forward. But maybe as players we have not done it at international level.
'You get people phoning you and trying to cheer you up and make you happy. But you don't want to take people's calls, you feel as though you've let them down, your friends, your family and all the fans in the country.
'I get home and see my kids and you feel as though you've let them down. Without my kids recently it would have been very difficult because they get you out of bed in the morning and they need a lot time. It has been very difficult personally but we have to move on.
'I take a lot of responsibility on my shoulders as captain. Hopefully I can keep the armband and drive us forward.
'The new man could come in and change things completely. That will be his decision and I will fully respect what the new manager decides. It is a big quality of mine.'
Terry added on Sky Sports News: 'Whoever the manager is, he makes the decision for the good of England not for John Terry or Steven Gerrard or anybody, but for England.'
Meanwhile, England will play a friendly against Switzerland at Wembley on February 6.
The match could be the first game in charge for the new manager if McClaren's successor is appointed before then.