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French actor and former soccer player Eric Cantona during a news conferenceReuters

When France and Manchester United legend Eric Cantona speaks, the world listens. Presumably, the English Football Association (FA) have also heard him closely. The 50-year-old did not mince words as he announced his candidature for the England football team manager's job in a dramatic video.

'Eric the King', as he is fondly referred to, wants to change his title to the more "humble 'Eric the boss'" once he is announced as the England manager, Cantona, a four-time Premier League winner with the Red Devils, said.

Cantona, also revered as a versatile actor among the French film fraternity, is seen sitting like a king on his throne and delivering plenty of pledges in the video. He appears shirtless at first but slowly puts on a England football team jersey. 

"Unexpected exit from Europe quickly followed by a resignation [of Roy Hodgson]. History has repeated itself in England these past few days," said Cantona in the video. "Shame, humiliation, worst day in the history. Strong words. The federation is already on the hunt for a new manager for their national football team and they said this: 'We will be looking for the best person for the job, not necessarily the best Englishman.'

"I heard the call! That is why today, the self-appointed Commissioner of Football declares his candidacy," continued Cantona.

The former no-nonsense footballer also made several pledges, like not losing to Iceland, never allowing Harry Kane to take set-pieces and also appointing legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as his special advisor and making veteran goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel the assistant coach of the team, just like Tintin and Captain Haddock.

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