Confirmation of Jose Mourinho´s withdrawal from the race to succeed Steve McClaren has paved the way for Capello to take the job, providing he backs up a publicly-stated desire to lead England back to the pinnacle of the international game in face-to-face meetings with FA chief executive Brian Barwick.
While the pair, and FA director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking, have yet to meet, talks have taken place with Capello´s advisors. It is anticipated the 61-year-old will fly into London at some point within the next 48 hours and, although Martin O´Neill, Marcello Lippi and Jurgen Klinsmann continue to be discussed, it now appears inevitable Capello will get the job.
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