Southgate’s deep tournament runs at the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020 showed that there are merits to appointing someone who has experience with England’s youth set-ups. Cooper slots neatly into that category, having previously managed England U16s and later the U17s, with whom he won the U17 World Cup in 2017.
Moving into club football, Cooper has enjoyed success with Swansea City and achieved promotion to the top-flight with Nottingham Forest last term. Not all is rosy at the City Ground at present, however, with a swarm of new players struggling to gel and the Tricky Trees sitting in the bottom three. The Welshman may therefore need no second invitation to take a high-profile job elsewhere.