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Allardyce 'honoured' by England appointment

Sam Allardyce has been officially named as England manager Credit: Football Association

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.

While my main focus will be on the senior team and getting positive results, I want to add my influence to the great work being done across the development teams at St. George’s Park – a facility I have used with my previous clubs.

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

– Sam Allardyce, England manager

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Sam Allardyce arrives at Sunderland for training

Sam Allardyce arrives for training with Sunderland amid speculation that he will be named England boss on Thursday

Sunderland release statement over Allardyce 'speculation'

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce on the phone during the pre-season friendly match at Victoria Park Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sam Allardyce remains Sunderland manager despite speculation that he is set to become the next England manager.

The 61-year-old was at Victoria Park for the club's opening pre-season match against Hartlepool United. But widespread reports suggest the Football Association will announce him as Roy Hodgson's successor in the next 24 hours.

However, Sunderland have played down those reports with the following statement:

Naturally we are aware of the intense media speculation this evening, however, at the present time Sam Allardyce remains Sunderland manager.

We share in the anger and frustration of our supporters and would like to assure them that we are working to conclude the matter in the best interests of Sunderland AFC.

– Sunderland AFC
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