The Football Association has made its first move towards appointing a new England manager after being granted permission to speak to West Brom head coach Roy Hodgson.
Harry Redknapp has been the long-term favourite to succeed Fabio Capello, who resigned in February, but there has yet to be an approach for the Tottenham boss.
Instead, the FA's first decision has been to ask for discussions with ex-Switzerland boss Hodgson and the governing body has been given the green-light by West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace.
FA chairman David Bernstein said: "I'm grateful to Jeremy and all at West Bromwich Albion for their co-operation in allowing us to approach Roy, who I have since spoken with.
"Roy is the only manager we have approached and we remain on course to make an appointment within the timescale we set out soon after Fabio Capello's departure.
"Further conversations will now take place with Roy and my Club England colleagues before any further announcements can be made."