Gareth Southgate will be forgiven for assuming he has done enough to earn the England job on a permanent basis.
In public, Southgate has been very coy on his chances of becoming Sam Allardyce's full-time successor, however, the lack of other alternative candidates suggests the FA have little choice but to appoint the former Middlesbrough boss.
And according to The Sun, he has already put some thought into who he wants to make up his backroom staff.
Steve Holland has assisted Southgate throughout his four-game interim period and the England manager-to-be is now keen for the Chelsea coach to take up the role on a full-time basis.
But perhaps more surprisingly, Southgate's preferred candidate to replace him as England's Under-21 boss is one of Roy Hodgson's confidants during the disastrous Euro 2016 campaign last summer.
Southgate reportedly wants Gary Neville to return to the international set-up by working with the next generation of English stars.
Neville decided to return to punditry at the start of this season after leaving his role as England coach along with Hodgson as part of the post-Euro 2016 shake up.
That followed a similarly unsuccessful short period in charge of La Liga side Valencia, where he was sacked just four months after being appointed.
In recent interviews, Neville has reiterated his desire to take an extended a break from coaching but Southgate is still hopeful he can coax the former Man United defender back into the setup.
The same report in The Sun, claims Man United's head of their youth academy Nicky Butt or Gary's brother Phil, who has experience coaching in Britain and Spain, will also be considered for the role.
During Southgate's short stint in charge of the senior team, the Under-21s have been in the hands of Aidy Boothroyd.
Although the usual Under-20's boss won three of his four games, Boothroyd looks less certain to take up the role permanently - opening the door for Neville and co. to step forward.
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