FA refuses to rush decision over new England boss

The Football Association insists it is happy with its plan to wait before recruiting a long-term successor to former England manager Fabio Capello.

England have been without a permanent coach since the departure of Capello on 9 February.

But FA general secretary Alex Horne said: "We haven't approached anybody and have approached no club.

"We continue to work on it, very quietly. We're waiting until the tail end of the season. We're not far away."

Last week, former England captain Alan Shearer became the latest figure to call for an urgent appointment, to allow preparation time before the summer's European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

Has the FA got someone lined up?

I really hope so. That would be the only justification for the way things have apparently ground to a halt since Fabio Capello left over two months ago. From the Tottenham perspective, with six points from 24 since Capello left England, I think there's been more uncertainty created around Spurs by trying to keep things secret rather than by coming out in the open back in February. Like it or not, no matter what anybody says, the atmosphere must have changed at White Hart Lane around Redknapp and his future.

But Horne insisted the FA was sticking to its original timetable, while echoing Club England managing director Adrian Bevington's claim that plans for Euro 2012 from an operational point of view  were already in place.

Horne told BBC Sport: "What we've done as an FA is clearly set up all our plans.

"We know exactly what we're doing between now and our first game against France [at Euro 2012], and we just need to slot a manager in, giving that individual enough time to get used to the set-up."

After fulfilling his caretaker duties for February's 3-2 friendly defeat by the Netherlands, Stuart Pearce said he would be happy to take control for Euro 2012, but does not believe he is the long-term option.

Harry Redknapp is the firm favourite to take over on a permanent basis but speculation about his future seems to have affected his Tottenham side, who have won only one of their last eight Premier League games.

England open their Group D campaign against France in Donetsk on 11 June, play Sweden in Kiev four days later, and finish the pool against Ukraine in Donetsk on 18 June.

The 23-man squad are also due to attend a pre-tournament training camp in Spain once the Premier League and Champions League campaigns are over.