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Big Sam confirmed as England boss with two-year contract

Sam Allardyce Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce has been appointed as England's new manager, the Football Association has announced.

The FA said Sam Allardyce has signed an initial two-year contract. Sam Allardyce has signed an initial two-year deal to become England's new manager, the Football Assocation has announced.

The 61-year-old boss knew the job was his on Wednesday but a compensation package with his club Sunderland needed to be finalised before the announcement could be made.

Allardyce, who begins work immediately, said:

I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football.

– Sam Allardyce


James Anderson to miss final Ashes test

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Lancashire and England bowler James Anderson will miss the final test of the Ashes after failing to recover from a side strain.

Anderson picked up the injury in the third test at Edgbaston and has not been able to reach full fitness before the final test match of the summer against Australia.

Captain Alistair Cook said:

"Unfortunately he's not going to make it. He's gutted about it. He's made really good progress from where he was at Edgbaston but this is a week or so too soon."

"He bowled in the nets yesterday but at about 60-70 per cent and that's not how you go into a game. He's really gutted. The medical team have been brilliant with him but he's still about a week away."

– Alistair Cook


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