Louis van Gaal has reiterated his desire to become the new England head coach and pointed to a release clause in his contract as coach of AZ Alkmaar should the FA come knocking.

"If this opportunity became available, I would not let it pass. I am not crazy and my great ambition remains to be in charge of a country during a EURO or World Cup," the 56-year-old told Dutch agency ANP.

The former Netherlands, Barcelona and Ajax gaffer first expressed his desire to replace the sacked Steve McClaren earlier in the week, and was once offered the job only to reject the FA's advances some years ago.

"There are many candidates but I'm willing to do it, otherwise I would not have a clause in my contract about a head coach's job of a national team. I was asked a few years ago (to take charge of England) but then I said no," he said.

A former player at Ajax, Van Gaal coached the team to the UEFA Champions League title in 1995 when they upset AC Milan 1-0 and they also reached the final one year later, only to be beaten by Juventus on penalties.

He moved to Barcelona in 1997 and won two Spanish titles and the Spanish Cup with the Catalan club, before taking over as coach of Netherlands. However, he was replaced at the Dutch helm by Dick Advocaat after failing to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup ™.

He has been in charge at Alkmaar since 2005 and the team are currently eighth in the Dutch top flight, ten points behind leaders Ajax.