England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed he almost became Germany boss in 1998, despite the misgivings of Franz Beckenbauer.
Hodgson's Three Lions take on their historic rivals at Wembley on Tuesday evening as both sides look to finalise their preparations for next summer's World Cup in Brazil.
But the 66-year-old admits his career could have taken a very different turn following a phonecall from DFB president Egidius Braun when he was in charge of Blackburn.
"Egidius Braun had difficulties with signing a foreign coach [for the Germany team]," Hodgson told Bild.
"My friend Franz Beckenbauer made clear that a foreign national coach would help neither the German coaching program nor the young and talented German coaches.
"It was an honour when Braun called, but I had a contract with Blackburn. So I just remained a name on the president's wish list."