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The Football Association insist England general manager Franco Baldini will not take up a part-time role with Roma, at least until the end of the Euro 2012 qualification campaign.

Fabio Capello's right-hand man has been offered a chief executive position at the Serie A club, where he spent six years as director of football and Baldini was reportedly hopeful he would be allowed to take up the Roma post on a job-share arrangement with England.

However, Club England managing director Adrian Bevington said: "We are confident from our conversations with Franco that Franco will remain solely focused on England's qualification campaign. Once we have qualified we can look at it again from there."

The FA have already confirmed that Capello will not continue as England manager beyond the end of the European Championship and the 12-month countdown will soon begin.

While that scenario may prove problematic for a club manager, given the complications of transfers and contracts, the belief inside Wembley is it should be no big deal for an international boss.

"We have no doubts that Fabio and Franco are and will remain 100% committed to their role, hopefully taking us through to a successful tournament in Poland and Ukraine," said Bevington.

"It can be very emotive in the way people talk about it. In other countries it is a matter of routine. That is the reality of it.

"The most important thing we have to concentrate on is hopefully qualifying in the autumn, preparing for Poland and Ukraine and putting on a very good show out there.

"From an England point of view it was disappointing to draw with Switzerland but we are still in control of our own destiny in terms of qualification and we are fully supportive of Fabio, as we have been from the minute we got back from (the World Cup in) South Africa."

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