Fulham manager Chris Coleman has revealed he would relish the opportunity to manage Wales one day.

The 35-year-old Welshman told BBC Five Live: “I played for my country and was lucky enough to captain my country.

“It’s the best feeling in the world and to manage my country would be the icing on the cake.”

Coleman declined to apply for the Wales job when Mark Hughes resigned in 2004 because he felt he lacked the necessary managerial experience.

At the time, the Swansea-born former centre back was just over a year into his first taste of management at Fulham.

“I thought it was too soon for me to be an international manager,” explained Coleman, whose playing career was cut short in 2002 after an horrific car accident a year earlier.

“Plus I was enjoying it so much at Fulham. And I’m still enjoying it at Fulham.

“It’s not easy to get a Premiership job and I wasn’t about to give that up easily. But I must admit it is in the back of my mind.

“I would love to have the chance to manage my country one day.”

Wales manager John Toshack has a contract with the Football Association of Wales until 2009, and Coleman says he is committed to at least another season with Fulham.