Final decision will be made next month by the game’s governing body.
Former England head coach Steve McClaren is one of a number of candidates to take over from the recently departed England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce this summer, according to reports in the Mail on Sunday.
Pearce did not have his contract extended by The Football Association (FA) following the England U21s limp showing in the recent European Championship in Israel in which his side finished the tournament bottom of their group having collected no wins and no points from their three fixtures, while also only managing to score just the solitary goal in those trio of contests, and even that came from a dubiously awarded spot kick.
As a result, the former Nottingham Forest and Manchester City trainer was relieved of his duties at the conclusion of the competition, with The FA set to interview prospective candidates as soon as the new chairman Greg Dyke takes up his role on July 13.
And one of the names on Dyke’s list is that of McClaren, who coached the senior side between Aug 2006 and Nov 2007, winning just nine of his 18 internationals in charge of the Three Lions as they failed to qualify for Euro 2008, resulting in his dismissal from the role.