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Allardyce: I can't stop smiling because I've got this job

Sam Allardyce has told England fans he can't stop smiling after landing the England manager's job.

In a message posted on the Football Association's Youtube page said he was "absolutely delighted" to be sat in this "privileged position".

He added it was going to be a "great thrill" to take the team forward:

Allardyce says England must make the country 'proud'

Big Sam says it's time for England to deliver. Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce finally landed his dream job as England manager on Friday and said: "It is time for us to deliver."

The 61-year-old lost out to Steve McClaren when he first applied for the role 10 years ago.

But Allardyce will take charge of the 2018 World Cup campaign after signing an initial two-year deal to replace Roy Hodgson, who resigned after the humbling exit from Euro 2016.

He 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.

I will do everything I can to help England do well and give our nation the success our fans deserve. Above all, we have to make the people and the whole country proud.

I know we have talented, committed players and it is time for us to deliver.

– England manager Sam Allardyce


Sunderland talks 'holding up Allardyce England deal'

Video report by ITV News correspondent Neil Connery.

Sam Allardyce was all smiles as he arrived for training with Sunderland as he waits to be confirmed as the new England manager.

The FA said it was close to sealing a deal - but talks over compensation for Allardyce's current club are understood to be holding up the process.

It is thought that he will now not be officially named as the new England boss until tomorrow.

However, he has already gained plenty of support from football figures including Jose Mourinho, who said he was a "good choice" for the job.

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