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Southgate set for interview with FA

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Published 21/11/2016 | 02:30

England interim manager Gareth Southgate. Photo credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
England interim manager Gareth Southgate. Photo credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Gareth Southgate will be formally interviewed for the England manager's job today, with the English FA only then deciding whether it needs to consider other candidates. The chances remain very low that any other manager will be spoken to.

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The caretaker boss is expected to be given a four-year contract, worth £1.5m-a-year, partly because the FA recognises that a key reason for hiring him is the development of young players.

Southgate's appointment is then expected to be ratified at a meeting of the FA's main board on November 30.

The FA has been impressed by the work the 46-year-old has done so far, after he moved up from being under-21s coach.

Southgate will be asked to assess his four matches in charge and will also lay out his vision of how he will progress the team over future tournaments.

Southgate will be interviewed at the FA's National Football Centre by chairman Greg Clarke, chief executive Martin Glenn and technical director Dan Ashworth - the three who will make the decision - plus former manager Howard Wilkinson and former England international Graeme Le Saux.

Southgate will also be questioned on discipline after the FA's rebuke of Wayne Rooney for his late-night drinking antics at The Grove Hotel.

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