Having previously turned down the chance to discuss the England manager’s job with Josep Guardiola it appears the Football Association have had a change of heart.
According to the Sun, the FA are considering a ‘swoop’ for the Bayern Munich manager should Roy Hodgson fail to earn himself a new contract at Euro 2016.
Guardiola had previously expressed an interest in the Three Lions top job after leaving Barcelona, but the governing body declined the opportunity, preferring to appoint an Englishman.
Previously as long as 50/1 to succeed Hodgson, a succession of bets saw the Spaniard trimmed into first 20/1 and eventually 10/1.
The rumours got the news.bwin.com brains trust thinking which players might make notorious possession obsessive Guardiola’s first England XI.
That’s right – it’s the Three Lions, if the team were picked on this season’s Premier League pass-completion statistics alone and there’s more than one surprise pick.
Long-retired former skipper John Terry is head and shoulders above his countrymen when it comes finding a teammate with the ball – similarly aged specimen Michael Carrick is the only other Englishman above the 90% mark.
Hodgson regulars Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Luke Shaw suggest the current national team boss also has one eye on the ball-retention digits.
Elsewhere, however, the teamsheet makes for surprising reading and some long faces among the established order.
Joe Hart would need to up the accuracy of his distribution to displace sometime understudy John Ruddy of Norwich.
Stoke right-back Glen Johnson earns a surprise recall having failed to make an appearance under Hodgson this year – testament perhaps to what Mark Hughes is attempting to achieve at the Britannia Stadium.
Yet the most intriguing shift in selection is among the wide attacking berths, which have become arguably the most hotly-contested positions in the side.
No Adam Lallana, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jay Rodriguez or Jamie Vardy here, instead Liverpool’s Jordan Ibe and West Brom’s Callum McManaman are least profligate in possession.