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Voller rules himself out of running to succeed Flick as Germany boss

Germany's national team director Rudi Voller says he will not be a candidate to succeed Hansi Flick despite taking charge of Tuesday's friendly against France.

Flick was sacked on Sunday, just nine months before the start of the nation's home European Championships next summer, following an embarrassing 4-1 friendly defeat at home to Japan on Saturday.

Germany have lost four times in their last five games which comes on the back of a group-stage exit at last year's World Cup.

Voller - a member of the West Germany squad that lifted the 1990 World Cup, who also coached the national team from 2000 to 2004 - said he had stepped in for one match to help the side until a new coach is found.

"Tomorrow is a one-game thing for me, I felt obliged to help with this game," he said in a press conference on Monday. "My goal is to support the new coach as I did with Hansi Flick, but hopefully with better results.

"I know the situation and I really did not want to do it. They had to convince me."

He said the German FA (DFB) would find a suitable coach before next month's friendlies against the United States, on October 14, and Mexico four days later during a brief trip to America.

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