Black Cats boss throws his hat into the ring...
The Italian recently announced that he will call it a day when the Three Lions' European Championship campaign comes to an end, prompting talk of potential replacements.
Now the former Wigan Athletic boss has admitted that he would like to manage the country if he were to be given the opportunity to do so, amid calls for the FA to hire an English manager to run the affairs of the team.
"If I got offered the job or was even in the frame I would had done very good job here [at Sunderland]," Bruce is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
"Of course I would be interested but I very rarely try blow my own trumpet but I would love to have a go why not? If you are going to do it it must be proudest moment of your life even though we know what is entails, but still it would be absolutely wonderful.
"I agree it should go to an Englishman. I have total respect for the guy in the job now. He has an unbelievable record I didn't realise what he has won until I read it recently and it is staggering what he has done.
"But I always go back and can you think an Englishman would be managing Italy Spain or France?
"In an ideal world for me being an Englishman I would like to see and Englishman in charge of team. Whether it is patriotic I don't know. We have had some great English managers before so why not? We have some bad ones as well, mind."
Now the Black Cats boss believes that Capello's successor will be determined by the results that the current crop of English bosses produce at their respective clubs.
"You have to try get to the top that is the way I have always striven whatever I have done and that has to be the highest accolade and it is how I do with this team over the next 18 months and that is what my aim will be," he said.
"It is all about timing there might be a new kid on the block by then. It is about timing how well you do and your stock at the time."