If Wenger does take on the job – seen as one of the toughest in football – his first game would be a World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Hampden Park on June 10 followed by a friendly against the country of his birth in Paris three days later.
Qualifiers away to Malta, home to Slovakia and Slovenia and a trip to Lithuania would follow.
In June Wenger appeared open to the idea of being England boss when he said: “I have a contract until 2017 with Arsenal and I have always respected my contacts, but I do not yet know what I will do afterwards.”
What was clear yesterday was Wenger would not be breaking his contract with Arsenal prior to next summer, so England will have to wait – which would mean Southgate having to stay in charge for one more game than the agreed four, the qualifier at home to Lithuania on March 26.
Former Gunners chairman Peter Hill-Wood said last night: “The idea of Arsene becoming England manager now is a lot of nonsense, because he doesn’t break his contracts.”