The England FA have confirmed talks with Fabio Capello about the manager's job.
Capello, the number one target of Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick and director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking, was involved in discussions over the possibility of succeeding Steve McClaren.
Fittingly, the FA are believed to have chosen Wembley Stadium, where Capello will be asked to deliver a winning team, to outline their plans to the 61-year-old.
And, on the basis the job would be Capello's unless something went disastrously wrong during the interview process, the only conclusion to be drawn is that England will soon have an Italian in charge.
"I can confirm that Brian Barwick and Sir Trevor Brooking have today held talks with Fabio Capello in London," said FA director of communications Adrian Bevington.
"I am pleased to say that these discussions were extremely positive and without any problems.
"Fabio has tonight returned to Italy to honour a prior commitment.
"Understandably, further talks are now taking place between Fabio's advisors and ourselves."