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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

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'Not too late' for Liverpool's Balotelli insists agent

Balotelli is still at Liverpool. Credit: PA

Mario Balotelli's agent insists it is "never too late" for the Liverpool striker as he looks to find a way out of Anfield.

Mino Raiola has been tasked with finding a destination for the 25-year-old Italy international, who has not travelled with the Reds' squad to the United States after being told by manager Jurgen Klopp he has no future at the club.

"In life it's never too late," Raiola told Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

"If you think Mario makes me despair, you're wrong because his life has improved a lot and now he just needs the right opportunity.

"Where will he go? I'm saying nothing. Let's see what happens. I won't close the door on any solution. That goes for Mario and all my players.

"I listen to what is offered to me and then I decide along with them."

Reports: Steve Bruce resigns as manager of Hull City

Bruce held informal talks with the FA earlier in the week. Credit: PA

Steve Bruce has resigned as manager of Hull, according to reports.

Bruce, 55, led Hull to promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in May, but has reportedly quit following a meeting with the club's owners and did not take training on Friday morning.

The former Sunderland, Wigan and Birmingham boss, appointed at the KC Stadium in June 2012, was interviewed for the England job on Monday but the Football Association is poised to announce Sam Allardyce as Roy Hodgson's successor.

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Liverpool confirm signing of former Arsenal goalkeeper

Liverpool have completed the signing of goalkeeper Alex Manninger on a free transfer, subject to international clearance.

The 39-year-old former Arsenal keeper left Augsburg in the summer and Press Association Sport understands he has signed a one-year contract.

Manninger will provide back-up to Simon Mignolet and fellow new arrival Loris Karius, who arrived from German club Mainz.

Manninger, who was already out with the squad on their tour of the United States, told liverpoolfc.com:

Honestly, it was a surprise. After these years, in Italy and the last four years in Germany, I hadn't given up, I hadn't said 'That's it', I still waited for the phone call.

When Liverpool were on the phone, it was a great pleasure for me to take it on because it gives me what I was looking for. This is the moment I was waiting for until the end.

I've still got something left, for sure, but obviously it's probably not the time for me to push for the next three or four years to get a place in goal.

– Liverpool goalkeeper Alex Manninger

Liverpool striker Ings says the dark days are over

Danny Ings believes the dark days are now behind him as he looks to re-start his Liverpool career.

Ings is excited about playing under Klopp. Credit: PA

The 24-year-old striker had just scored three goals in five matches, including one in the Merseyside derby at Everton, to earn his first England cap when his season was cut short by a knee ligament injury in his first training session under new manager Jurgen Klopp in October.

He worked hard to make a quicker-than-expected return after surgery to play in Liverpool's final league match of the season at West Brom but, after just nine appearances since joining on a free transfer from Burnley last summer, Ings is keen to make up for lost time.

He wrote in a blog for liverpoolfc.com from the club's tour of the United States:

In the pre-season games so far this summer, I feel I've looked as sharp as I've ever looked in the last couple [of matches]. I am a lot more confident now and have taken a couple of whacks on my knee, which is also good for me.

I feel like I am back to myself now, enjoying my football. I feel I've put the dark days behind me now.

There will be loads of hard work to do while we're on tour and when we're getting on that plane back to Liverpool next month I want to be in the best shape possible after it all.

– Liverpool striker Danny Ings
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