Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is set for talks with the FA over becoming the next manager of the England national team, following the recent departure of Roy Hodgson.
Hodgson left his post after the Three Lions crashed out of Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland, leaving the FA to try and find a successor before the World Cup qualifiers get under way in early September.
And the vastly experienced Allardyce has emerged as the leading candidate, with the Black Cats confirming that they have given permission for their man to hold talks with the Football Association.
A statement from Sunderland confirmed: "The Football Association contacted Sunderland AFC to seek permission to speak with our manager as part of what was supposed to be a confidential discussion process with potential candidates for the position of England manager.
"At Sam Allardyce’s request, we agreed to this.
"Sam is very much key to our plans. After what was an extremely challenging season, we are keen to see a period of stability, both on and off the field, and we want him to remain as manager of our football club.
"The ongoing speculation over Sam’s position is extremely damaging to Sunderland AFC, particularly at this crucial time of the season and we urge the FA to respect the disruption that this process is causing and bring about a swift resolution to the matter."
Allardyce helped Sunderland avoid relegation from the Premier League last season, having previously enjoyed spells in charge of West Ham, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers.
Meanwhile, England are priced at 20/1 to win the 2018 World Cup, with hosts Russia 40/1 and holders Germany 5/1.
England have been drawn in qualifying Group F, along with Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta.
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