Gareth Southgate has been told the Football Association views him as a “strong candidate” to become England manager but chief executive Martin Glenn promised not to rush a decision.
Southgate is the overwhelming favourite to land the job on a permanent basis after going unbeaten in his four-match interim stint.
Having been promoted from the under-21 job following Sam Allardyce’s messy departure, he took seven points from a possible nine in World Cup qualifiers and signed off with an entertaining 2-2 draw against Spain on Tuesday.
Common consensus suggests that when England are next on duty, against Germany and Lithuania in March, Southgate will be in the dugout once again but Glenn has no intention of deviating from the formal selection process.
He will join FA chairman Greg Clarke and technical director Dan Ashworth in anointing the new boss, with League Managers’ Association chief Howard Wilkinson and former international Graeme Le Saux advising.
Assessing Southgate’s candidacy, Glenn said: “I won’t be drawn on leading candidates but Gareth is a really strong candidate and clearly after the last four games his candidacy has become much stronger.
“Not just based on one or two matches, but because of what we’ve seen over the last couple of years. He’s got renewed confidence and is a different manager to what he was two years ago. So it is not all about assessing him on a few games, you have got to see it more in the round. There is quite a long gap between now and the next England game in March, so we’ve got time.”