Graeme Le Saux expected to help consult FA with England manager selection process

Having impressed the FA hierarchy during his four-game stint in charge, it’s expected Gareth Southgate will be confirmed on a permanent basis as England manager

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Graeme Le Saux has been confirmed as the fifth and final member of the Football Association panel that will appoint the next England manager.

According to the Times, the former England defender will meet with the FA team for formal talks in the coming days to determine Sam Allardyce’s replacement.

Having impressed the FA hierarchy during his four-game stint in charge, it’s expected Gareth Southgate will be confirmed on a permanent basis as England manager.

It’s understood that England’s governing body have no plans to speak to alternative candidates with Southgate’s appointment regarded as a formality.

With 513 domestic appearances and 36 England caps to his name, Le Saux is set to be consulted on his views in order to provide a player’s insight.

The ex-defender enjoyed stints at Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers and Southampton and joins England caretaker manager Howard Wilkinson in consulting the FA.

The pair will not be part of the official selection panel however, which will consist of FA chief executive Martin Glenn, chairman Greg Clarke and technical director Dan Ashworth.

England’s 2-2 draw against Spain on Tuesday evening marked the side’s last international fixture for this calendar year. After pulling ahead by two goals, Southgate’s men conceded two late goals to be held to a disappointing draw at Wembley.

The side do not play again until March 22, when they face Germany in Dortmund in another high-profile friendly, before they take on Lithuania at Wembley in a World Cup qualifier four days later.

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