Report: Southgate to interview for England job next week
Reuters

After 57 international caps, three years in charge of the England Under-21s, and four unbeaten matches overseeing the senior setup, the Football Association wants to get to know Gareth Southgate.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty understands England's interim manager will interview for the full-time post on Monday, with FA chairman Greg Clarke, chief executive Martin Glenn, technical director Dan Ashworth, and two independent members of the body, Howard Wilkinson and Graeme Le Saux, sitting on the other side of the table.

Clarke, Ashwork, and Glenn will make the final call on whether Southgate will assume permanent control, the latter of whom revealed on Thursday that the 46-year-old has made it clear that he wants the job.

Although Three Lions midfielder Adam Lallana advised a swift appointment would be most beneficial to the squad, and Southgate's own assertions that a quick decision would help steady a demanding schedule of meetings and organising for both the seniors and Under-21s, time is on the FA's side.

England isn't back in action until March, when it's due to take on Germany in a friendly and Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier, and how the previous appointment went - Sam Allardyce's tenure lasted a mere 67 days and one match after he was found to be trying to sidestep FA rules - will ensure a methodical process this time around.

Southgate is still the overwhelming favourite to assume full control, however, with his experience around St George's Park and refreshing tactical approach - passing around at the back and encouraging players to express themselves - viewed as a major plus.

He also hasn't been averse to making big decisions, such as dropping Wayne Rooney following some indifferent form from the captain at both club and international level.

Southgate is expected to provide his vision for the future of English football at the interview. Preparations for World Cup 2018 will be underway soon with the national team atop Group F in qualifying. The European Championship will be staged in eight venues across the continent two years later.

Additionally, Under-21 commitments will be on the agenda, with Aidy Boothroyd currently in caretaker charge of the Young Lions ahead of the European Championship hosted in Poland for that age bracket in the summer of 2017.

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