Eddie Howe: Bournemouth manager says England job talk was 'speculation'

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe guided Bournemouth to a 16th-place finish in their first Premier League season

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says reports linking him with the England job were "purely speculation".

Howe was named in connection with the job by various media outlets, but told BBC Radio Solent that Bournemouth have been his sole focus all summer.

The 38-year-old believes new national coach Sam Allardyce will "galvanise" the England side.

"I'm fully behind the appointment," he said. "His teams are very tough to beat and I think he can do the same again."

Howe continued: "It's nice to be linked (with the job), but it was purely speculation.

"I think it shows what the players here have done and how successful they've been in a short period of time."

Meanwhile, the Cherries boss revealed his injury list ahead of the club's second season in the Premier League has lengthened.

Bournemouth will be without new signing Emerson Hyndman for the majority of pre-season because of an ankle injury.

Striker Benik Afobe is also sidelined with a knee injury, while defenders Steve Cook and Adam Smith have also had to sit out training in recent weeks, but Howe expects to have them available for the start of the season.

Bournemouth begin the campaign with a home game against Jose Mourinho's Manchester United on 14 August.

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