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Charlton boss Alan Curbishley is not optimistic about his chances of succeeding Sven-Goran Eriksson as England manager.

The English Football Association is reported to have conducted second interviews with the leading candidates earlier in the week, but Curbishley was not among them.

He told BBC Five Live after Charlton’s FA Cup defeat to Middlesbrough: “Something should be sorted out in the next couple of weeks.

“But I don’t know if I’m included in that because I haven’t been contacted. I don’t know what the situation is.”

Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren is now the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Eriksson, who will stand down after this summer’s World Cup finals.

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce, former Celtic manager Martin O’Neill and Portugal coach Luis Felipe Scolari are thought to be the other candidates.

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