Guus Hiddink wants talks with FA over England vacancy - report

Guus Hiddink has put himself forward as a surprise candidate to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager, according to The Times.

Hiddink, whose second caretaker spell at Chelsea ended in May, had said on several occasions in recent months that he would not accept another managerial role as he prepared to focus on youth consultancy.

But The Times reports that the 69-year-old would like to be considered for the England job despite turning down an approach from the Russian Football Federation and clubs in Saudi Arabia and China in recent weeks, and officials at the Football Association have reportedly indicated that they would like to speak to the Dutchman.

Hiddink's age means that he is not considered a long-term option to lead England after Hodgson, who resigned within minutes of Monday's humiliating Euro 2016 exit to Iceland.

As a result, the Dutchman would reportedly present himself as a stabilising influence on a youthful England squad heading into the 2018 World Cup, and his plan is said to involve working with a young English coach who could eventually succeed him.

Hiddink remains involved at Chelsea in an informal basis due to his long-standing friendship with owner Roman Abramovich, but The Times reports that the Russian would not stand in the way of any FA approach.

The search for Hodgson's replacement is being led by FA chief executive Martin Glenn, technical director Dan Ashworth and board member David Gill.

At a news conference in Chantilly on Tuesday, Glenn confirmed that he, Ashworth and Gill would seek out "opinion from the wider part of the game" during the recruitment process, and said the FA is looking for "the best person for the job, not necessarily the best Englishman."

Arsene Wenger, Jurgen Klinsmann, Sam Allardyce and Glenn Hoddle are among those who have been touted as potential contenders for the vacancy, while Ryan Giggs has suggested Louis van Gaal could take a role in the new setup.