The FA have a three-man shortlist of possible Sam Allardyce replacements

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Sam Allardyce's controversial exit from the England job after just one game in charge has left the Football Association the unenviable task of trying to find his replacement.

The former Sunderland boss left his role at the national team by mutual consent after becoming embroiled in an investigation into football corruption by The Telegraph.

With some crucial World Cup qualifiers on the way, Gareth Southgate has been promoted from his role as manager of the Under-21s to take charge of the senior team on a temporary basis.

However, according to The Sun, Southgate is among the leading contenders to take the job full-time after being included in the FA's three-man shortlist.

Bournemouth's Eddie Howe has also been selected on the list as the director of elite development at the FA, Dan Ashworth, is known to be a keen supporter of the 38-year-old.

Howe has openly stated that he doesn't have any interest in taking on the job at this stage of his career but the 38-year-old may have simply been playing the speculation down.

Given the lack of credible English candidates available, a conversation with between Howe and Ashworth could well be on the cards, however.

The third and final name on the shortlist is Arsene Wenger.

The Arsenal manager has less than a year to run on his contract at the Emirates but will want to stay until the end of the season.

Should the FA seriously consider the idea of appointing a non-Englishman, Wenger will almost certainly be the favourite to replace Allardyce.

Of course, the easiest outcome for Ashworth and FA chief executive Martin Glenn would be appointing Southgate.

The ex-Middlesbrough boss only needs makes a good impression in his four games in charge for the public perception and support for his appointment to improve.

And while England are still expected to overcome the challenges of Malta and Slovenia relatively comfortably, two home clashes with Scotland and Spain in November will put Southgate's credentials to do the job permanently to the test.

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