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Sports Minister urges probe into claims against Allardyce

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch. Credit: PA

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has called for the claims against Sam Allardyce to be "investigated fully" in the wake of his sacking as England manager.

Ms Crouch, along with Culture Secretary Karen Bradley, have already been in touch with the football authorities and officials are set to hold further talks with The FA, Premier League and Football League.

An investigation by The Daily Telegraph alleged Allardyce used his role to negotiate a deal worth £400,000 and offered advice about how to "get around" player transfers rules.

Ms Crouch said: "The integrity of sport is absolutely paramount and we have been clear that we expect the highest standards of governance and transparency from sports governing bodies, here in the UK and on the international stage.

"In this context, the recent allegations concerning English football are very concerning and we will be discussing the matter with the football authorities. All the evidence presented to them must be investigated fully and we stand ready to assist in any way we can."

McClaren: FA must investigate claims against Allardyce

Former England manager Steve McClaren has said The FA must "cut out" any wrongdoing from football and investigate the claims against Sam Allardyce.

McClaren's comments were made in the wake of an investigation by The Daily Telegraph which alleged ex-England manager Allardyce used his role to negotiate a deal worth £400,000 and offered advice about how to "get around" player transfers rules.


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Aidy Boothroyd steps up to manage England Under-21s

Boothroyd will step up from his position with England's under-20 team. Credit: PA

Aidy Boothroyd will take charge of the England Under-21 team for their final two Euro 2017 qualifiers following Gareth Southgate's appointment as interim England coach.

The Football Association said the former Watford and Coventry boss will lead England to Kazakhstan on October 6 before returning to face Bosnia and Herzegovina in Walsall on October 11.

A point against the Kazakhs will be enough to ensure top spot in Group Nine and automatic qualification for the finals in Poland with a game to spare.

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