The Football Association have been granted permission to speak to Roy Hodgson regarding the vacant England manager's position, West Bromich Albion have confirmed.

Hodgson has led the Baggies to their highest ever Premier League points total this season, and they are likely to finish the campaign in the top half of the table for the first time.

The 64-year-old is out of contract in July and, although West Brom are desperate for him to remain at the Hawthorns, they have allowed him to discuss the England post with the FA.

"Roy has done a fantastic job over the past 15 months and the fact The FA want to discuss the England role with him is testament to that," chairman Jeremy Peace told the club's official website.

"Roy is a proud Englishman and we can understand why he wants to speak to The FA about this highly-prestigious managerial position.

"However, we have emphasised to Roy how much we would like him to remain as our Head Coach and continue his major contribution to our project at The Hawthorns as we look to establish ourselves as a Barclays Premier League club.

"Everyone here has an excellent working relationship with him and he is immensely popular with our supporters."

Hodgson joined West Brom in February of 2011, following a disastrous spell as manager of Liverpool, in which the Reds endured their worst start to a league season in 82 years.

He has, however, rebuilt his reputation with West Brom, and triumphed against Liverpool last weekend on his first visit to Anfield since leaving the club.

Hodgson already has plenty of experience of international management, having been head coach of Switzerland, Finland and the UAE for a combined total of six years.

The FA's move for Hodgson comes as somewhat of surprise, given that Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has been the overwhelming favourite to become the next England manager since the resignation of Fabio Capello in February.

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