Fabio Capello will hold a press conference later today as speculation about his future as England coach continues to mount.
In the wake of yesterday's shattering 4-1 World Cup defeat to Germany in Bloemfontein, Capello has demanded talks with Club England chairman Sir David Richards to discover whether the FA retain confidence in him to continue in his £6million-a-year post. It is less than five weeks since Capello signed a revised contract which takes him through to the end of Euro 2012.
Since then though, England have turned in a woeful World Cup display and should Richards indicate there is no faith in Capello, the Italian will almost certainly quit, something he steadfastly refused to do last night. "Absolutely not," said Capello, when asked outright whether he would resign.
He added: "But I want to speak with the chairman and then decide my future and I need to know whether the FA have confidence in me or not."
But initial suggestions were that the view of Capello being a positive force still remains.
"Our position has been consistent and in my mind it has not changed tonight whatsoever," said Club England managing director Adrian Bevington. "But clearly, Fabio needs to speak with Sir David Richards and beyond that I cannot say anything further."
Richards, Bevington, director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking and acting chief executive Alex Horne are the men responsible for hiring and firing the England manager.
And they will need to look beyond the hugely controversial disallowed Frank Lampard goal that would have brought England level just before half-time and focus on the overall performance, which was largely second-rate.
"We probably arrived a little bit tired at the end of the season," suggested Capello. "But after the game that they played against Slovenia, we suffered from Germany's speed.
"But I say again, I am sure that a big mistake from the referee stopped us from going forward. We scored. It is incredible. In this period of technology, in this period where we can have five referees, we cannot decide if that was a goal or not."