Nearly three months after Fabio Capello quit the post, the Football Association confirmed they will hold talks with the 64-year-old this week as they look to finalise their plans for this summer’s finals.
The choice of Hodgson is a surprise because Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp had been thought to be the only name on the FA’s shortlist since Capello quit.
But FA chairman David Bernstein said: ‘Roy is the only manager we have approached and we remain on course to make an appointment within the timescale we set out after Fabio’s departure.’
Hodgson has transformed the fortunes of West Brom since taking over at The Hawthorns 15 months ago.
It comes after an ill-fated spell at Liverpool, where he was sacked after 191 days in charge.
But the fact he has substantial international experience after a successful spell with Switzerland appeals to the FA, as does the fact his contract runs out this summer – meaning no compensation will have to be paid.
A West Brom statement said: ‘Roy has expressed a desire to explore this opportunity and the club have granted him permission to speak to the FA.’