Arsenal assistant manager Kelly Smith wants former coach Laura Harvey to become the next England manager.

Mark Sampson was removed from his position as England manager after he was accused of of “inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour” during his time as manager of Bristol Academy.

There are now calls for the next England manager to be female, and Arsenal assistant manager Kelly Smith has suggested two names for the job: Laura Harvey and Emma Hayes.

“Laura and Emma are the top female managers, in my eyes, for the job,” Smith said, as reported by The Evening Standard.

Smith, who has ruled herself out of the job, worked under Harvey and Hayes while she was an Arsenal player.

Harvey open to discussions with the FA, saying: “I love club football and I love working in America,” she said, “but the international game is the pinnacle of any coach’s career. If the FA picked up the phone and called me I’d happily have a conversation with them.”

She currently coaches in United States with Seattle Reign, and has has experience with England’s youth teams.

She won four league titles, two FA Cups and three League Cups while at Arsenal, as well as NWSL Shield with Seattle.

Hayes, meanwhile, currently manages Chelsea and has said she is currently focusing on them.

The FA will have some time to select the manager that will lead England to the 2019 World Cup in France as the Women’s Super League resumes soon.

Arsenal play Birmingham City LFC this Sunday at Meadow Park.