Report: FA have held preliminary talks with Allardyce over England manager's job

England manager Roy Hodgson

But the Sunderland boss could face competition from former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp.

Sunderland manager Sam AllardyceSunderland manager Sam Allardyce

The FA have held preliminary talks with Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce regarding the vacant England manager's job, the Sun reports.

However, Allardyce could face competition from Harry Redknapp, with Dan Ashworth, the country's head of elite development, due to meet with the former Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers boss, the report claims.

QPR manager Harry RedknappEx-QPR boss Harry Redknapp

Allardyce has been with Sunderland for the past nine months and steered them to Premier League survival last season.

However, the 61-year-old is said to have an escape clause in his contract at the Stadium of Light, which expires next summer.

Sunderland fans outside the stadium before the gameAllardyce kept Sunderland up at Newcastle's expense

Redknapp, on the other hand, has been out of full-time management since February 2015, but has held interim roles with Jordan and Derby County, where he acted as advisor to young head coach Darren Wassall, in the meantime.

The report claims another caretaker role is possible, with the 69-year-old expected to groom a younger coach to succeed him long-term.

Two of his former West Ham United stars Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard are the two names listed as candidates by the Sun.

Rio FerdinandRio Ferdinand, brought through by Redknapp at Upton Park, could be groomed for the role by the 69-year-old

Last week, the same publication reported that Allardyce was keen on the position, which was vacated by Roy Hodgson in the aftermath of England's Euro 2016 quarter-final defeat to Iceland.

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