The Football Association will ask FIFA vice-president Jack Warner to retract his controversial comments about English football before agreeing to an England friendly with Trinidad and Tobago.
Warner, the head of Caribbean football, wants England to play a friendly in June as part of the Trinidad and Tobago FA's centenary celebrations this year.
The FA are receptive to the idea - it would also help the bid for the 2018 World Cup as Warner, who is special adviser to the Trinidad and Tobago FA, is one of the most influential figures in FIFA.
But they want him to retract his remark last year that 'England has never had any impact on world football, England at no time has had the love and support of Europe; for Europe, England is an irritant'.
It is understood playing in Trinidad would fit in with Fabio Capello's plans of a match against a testing opponent at the end of May followed by a trip abroad where the England manager can spend some time with the players in a low-pressure environment.
The FA will also been keen for ongoing legal dispute between Trinidad and Tobago players and the country's federation over payments for the 2006 World Cup to be resolved.