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The Football Association will not decide on whether to offer Roy Hodgson a contract extension until after the 2016 European Championship.
The manager's current deal expires following the tournament in France next summer, but rumours have suggested that the FA were preparing to announce an extension long before the competition.
It now appears, however, that England will have to perform well at the Euros in order for Hodgson to be offered a new deal.
"If we do well in the Euros, then he is our man for 2018 - and I believe we will do well in the Euros," said FA chief executive Martin Glenn.
"If we see progress, this will make us feel that Roy is the best person to take this young team forward and really fire at the next two tournaments."
Chairman Greg Dyke further was emphatic regarding the plans of the FA.
"We won't decide on the future of the England manager until after the tournament,” Dyke told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme.
"Obviously, if we've been successful, we will want him to stay on. If we're less successful, then we'd have to think again. I think if we don't get out of the group stage, Roy wouldn't want to continue.
"Ideally, if we're successful, yes (we'd like him to stay until the 2018 World Cup). We've been discussing with Roy for some months now about what the future plans are. Nothing has changed. We now know who we've got in the draw - that's all that's changed."
England were grouped with Wales, Russia and Slovakia at the Euro 2016 draw on Saturday afternoon.