Sam Allardyce will hold talks with the FA this week over the vacant England job, according to widespread reports in the national press today.
Speculation emerged last week that Allardyce had been involved in a preliminary round of discussions with the FA over succeeding Roy Hodgson, yet at that stage, it was understood that Sunderland had received no approach about the services of their manager.
However, there are reports from several national newspapers today that Sunderland are now aware of the FA's interest in Allardyce and he will speak to them this week.
Allardyce - along with USA boss and ex-Germany striker Jurgen Klinsmann - are increasingly seen as the front-runners for the position, although Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was linked with the role over the weekend.
But with Sunderland spending this week at their pre-season training camp in Austria, the uncertainty over Allardyce's future continues to hang over the Black Cats.