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Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren said he is looking forward to the Football Association annoucing the identity of the next England manager.

Newspaper reports have claimed McClaren will be confirmed as Sven-Goran Eriksson’s successor on Thursday.

“I am just looking forward to the matter being settled one way or the other,” McClaren said after Boro’s 0-0 draw at Manchester United on Monday.

“The FA has gone through a process and will make a decision when they want.”

McClaren appeared to have dropped out of the running when the FA offered the job to Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, but following the Brazilian’s withdrawal from the race, the Middlesbrough coach was installed as favourite to succeed Eriksson.

But McClaren insisted he was focusing on Boro’s final games if the season rather than the England job.

“I cannot focus on anything else just now than our next game,” he said.

“The FA have gone through their process. Everyone has adhered to it. Now we are just waiting for whatever decision they wish to make.”

Sam Allardyce, Alan Curbishley and Martin O’Neill are the other names in contention for the job.

Allardyce said on Sunday that he believed he was still in the frame for the England job.

He said: “I have been disappointed once and I thought it was all over when Scolari was offered the job.

“But it has all turned around and it appears I am back in the frame.

“I am more than keen – it is my dream job. I am in with a shout and I am hopeful, but until I get a phone call I will not know one way or another.”

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