Gareth Southgate has been placed in charge of England for their next four games, after Sam Allardyce left by mutual content after a paltry 67 days in the job.
The England under-21 manager has previously insisted he was not ready for the role, but now greatness has been thrust upon him. Will he embrace it?
Here, we take a look at what’s in Gareth’s in-tray. It’s pretty full.
Southgate needs to allay fears and take firm control to ensure events do not spiral out of control. He is a personable and approachable man and likes to keep in touch with his Under-21 players, so many of the senior squad should expect to get a calming call.
But could taking charge of four games, starting against Malta next month, give Southgate a taste for the job? With fewer serious contenders than a US presidential election, this could be the time for Gareth to swoop.
Rooney may be England captain but he is no longer an automatic selection for United, and while Harry Kane’s ankle injury may ensure he remains in Southgate’s first squad, the caretaker manager has had one of England’s biggest calls forced on him.
The former Middlesbrough defender has always been against rushing Rashford but admitted his form gave Roy Hodgson little option but to take him to Euro 2016 in the summer. Rush him into the first-team, Gareth. We dare you.
Nathan Redmond has long been seen as the next player to step off the under-21 conveyor belt and into the senior squad, while James Ward-Prowse and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have also impressed under Southgate’s leadership and could be given a senior chance. Southgate is arguably the best appointment if the FA want to see any of their youth players make it at international level.