Former AC Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello has emerged as the favourite to succeed Steve McClaren as England boss.
The 61-year-old Italian has moved to the top of the FA's wanted list after ex-FC Porto and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho confirmed he was not interested in the post.
Capello was the first man to say he wanted the England job in the wake of McClaren's departure last month and is believed to have impressed FA chief executive Brian Barwick.
Capello has an outstanding record, winning a major league championship in nine of his 16 seasons as a coach.
Marcello Lippi, Martin O'Neill and Jurgen Klinsmann also continue be linked with the job.
Mourinho released a statement on Monday evening that said: "After Steve McClaren left the England football team, my representatives maintained contact with the FA.
"In that sense, I had myself useful discussions with Brian Barwick and Trevor Brooking where we exchanged ideas to evaluate the entire situation about the England squad and set the goals in case of real invitation being addressed to me.
"After deep and serious thinking, I decided to exclude myself from being England manager despite it being a fantastic position for me. I'm sure the FA will hire a great manager, one able to place the team back where it belongs."