West Ham United boss Alan Curbishley is in the frame for the England job.

The Daily Mail says Brian Barwick, the FA chief executive, has said that nationality is not an issue and appears to be favouring a 'world class manager'. But Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA's director of football development, not only wants an Englishman but strongly favours West Ham manager Alan Curbishley.

That was denied by FA officials last night, but Soho Square insiders see the situation as a real problem when the two are supposed to be working in tandem in the search for Steve McClaren's successor.

Rumours were rife last night that Jose Mourinho would fly to London in the next 48 hours, but the FA denied any knowledge of that.