An inside source at the Football Association has confirmed that England Ladies coach Mark Sampson had his employment terminated after FA bosses realised that he wasn’t a woman. 

Speaking to Southend News Network, he confirmed that bosses only realised their mistake after historical information emerged to prove that he wasn’t female and had a beard.

He said: ‘The FA’s recruitment process will come under fire now as questions will be asked about how the selection panel didn’t realise that he was a man during the interview stage.’

‘I am aware that all applicants need to be treated on their own individual merits, but surely the penny dropped when he wandered in and said ‘hello’ in a thick male voice.’

‘If a bird can be in charge at Old Trafford, there’s no reason why Sampson can’t manage the England Ladies team.’