Fabio Capello looks certain to be named as England's new manager after the Football Association confirmed the Italian had held talks with Brian Barwick and Trevor Brooking on Wednesday.
The 61-year-old was spotted at Heathrow following a day of talks with the FA at Wembley.
FA director of communications Adrian Bevington told the FA's official website: "I can confirm that Brian Barwick and Sir Trevor Brooking have today held talks with Fabio Capello in London.
"I'm pleased to say that these discussions were extremely positive and without any problems.
"Fabio has tonight returned to Italy to honour a prior commitment. Understandably, further talks are now taking place between Fabio's advisors and ourselves.
"We will update you with any further developments."
The former AC Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid coach emerged as the favourite to succeed Steve McClaren as England boss when Jose Mourinho confirmed he was not interested in the post on Monday evening.
The Italian was the first man to say he wanted the England job in the wake of McClaren's departure last month and has an outstanding record, winning a major league championship in nine of his 16 seasons as a coach.
If Capello does take on the role, his first game will be a friendly international against Switzerland on February 6.