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Capello quits England and The Contenders

Fabio Capello has quit as England manager following a meeting with the Football Association.

He had been holding talks with the FA to try and draw a line under comments he made about John Terry's involvement as a player for the national team

The discussions had been taking place between Capello, FA chairman David Bernstein and general secretary Alex Horne.

It wasn't expected the Italian would hand in his resignation.

An FA statement read: "The discussions focused on the FA board's decision to remove the England team captaincy from John Terry, and Fabio Capello's response through an Italian broadcast interview.

The search for a new manager is now under way as Capello leaves the job with immediate effect. The odds on Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp becoming the next boss have shortened after his acquittal for tax fraud.

David Bernstein and the Club England management team are due to hold a press conference on Thursday lunchtime to talk about the latest development.

It means that Capello will never lead England into a major tournament again, leaving before the opportunity to manage the team at the Euro 2012 Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

Fabio Capello's shock exit has created a vacancy for an England manager, just four months away from the start of Euro 2012.

Unlike when Capello was offered £6million a year to clear up the mess left by Steve McClaren, the Football Association do at least have options - and some of them are even English.

HARRY REDKNAPP

Ticks all the boxes; English, managed in the Champions League, won trophies, plays attractive football and has done so with Tottenham thanks to a core of English players, including captaincy candidate Scott Parker. Has to be the overwhelming favourite.

ROY HODGSON

Was strongly fancied to replace Capello following the 2010 World Cup. However, before the FA made their decision, Hodgson plumped for an ill-fated spell with Liverpool. Now at West Brom, Hodgson has vast managerial experience and would be viewed as a safe pair of hands.

ALAN PARDEW

After difficult spells at Charlton and Southampton, Pardew has re-established his reputation at Newcastle. Overcome a lot of scepticism to re-establish the Magpies as a top-flight force and not yet out of contention for a Champions League place after an outstanding campaign.

STUART PEARCE

Long-time coach of the England Under-21 side and confirmed as boss of the Olympic team later this year. Pearce's fierce reputation as a player took a knock when he failed to curb the excesses of Joey Barton at Manchester City. Lacks experience of the club scene but many other countries prefer to appoint from within.

JOSE MOURINHO

Impeccable CV and perfect grasp of English. One man who would have no problem controlling the dressing-room egos. Tipped to leave Real Madrid in the summer, his fiery temperament might be a big problem for the FA, in addition to his salary demands, which are sure to be high.

ARSENE WENGER

Hugely respected in England and his knowledge of the domestic game clearly an advantage. In the middle of a vast rebuilding exercise at Arsenal, where some fans have turned against him, so not impossible to believe he could be prised away. Never shown any liking for the international game though.

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