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Brooking backs Allardyce for England

Allardyce celebrates Credit: PA

Sir Trevor Brooking has backed Sam Allardyce to get the best out of England's players if he is appointed as Roy Hodgson's successor.

The Football Association are searching for a new manager after Hodgson resigned in the aftermath of England's dismal Euro 2016 campaign which ended in defeat to minnows Iceland.

Sunderland boss Allardyce has become the frontrunner for the role, holding talks with the FA earlier this week, and Brooking believes he would be a good choice.

"These players are very talented technically - we even saw that in France," the former FA director of football development told The Sun. "But they were found wanting in terms of mental toughness.

"In the Iceland game, I saw players moving into positions where they could hide. It's easy to blame the man in possession - often Wayne Rooney - but there weren't passing options for him to knock the ball into.

"There's an overhead camera and I think it would be pretty damning for that game. That was the most disappointing thing for me to see.

"That's the thing about Sam - he's always made the best use of the players available.

"He got West Ham back into the top flight and made Sunderland stronger mentally and defensively.

"Combine that with the technical ability of these England players and I think you have a decent mix. The next manager has to be English and Sam is very experienced and organised."

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Allardyce could manage England and Sunderland, suggests Defoe

Sam Allardyce is one of the Premier League's most established and successful English managers Credit: PA

Jermain Defoe has suggested that Sam Allardyce could succeed Roy Hodgson as England boss while keeping his job as Sunderland manager.

England are searching for a new man to revive the national team after Monday's disastrous Euro 2016 exit to Iceland, and Defoe is not surprised that Allardyce is on the list of potential candidates.

So he should be. Obviously I hope he stays at Sunderland.

"I’ve always known about Sam, but it’s not until you play for a manager that you actually realise what they bring to a team and what they bring to a dressing room.

"I remember when I was really young at West Ham, playing against his Bolton team, pulling up to the stadium and thinking, ‘It’s going to be a tough one’.

"It was always difficult against Sam’s teams because they’re so direct. We used to say it was a horrible way of playing, but it’s so effective.

"It’s no different to what he’s done at Sunderland. He’s come in and given us the basis to win games. He didn’t really complicate anything. > "On the Thursday he’d do the team shape. ‘This is what I want, this is how we’re going to win,’ depending on who we were playing against. And he just wants you to go out and do it.

"If you look at the players we’ve got [with England] - especially the young players and their legs and their energy - one hundred per cent [he could succeed]. Obviously I want him to stay at Sunderland, but maybe he could do both [jobs]."

– Defoe to BBC Radio 5live
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