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 By Nick Miller

England's Sam Allardyce confident and comfortable in first news conference

With rumours about Sam Allardyce potentially being appointed England manager intensifying, take a look back at all of Big Sam's stats.
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Sam Allardyce has replaced Roy Hodgson as national team boss.

Sam Allardyce was unveiled as England manager on Monday, taking the job after Roy Hodgson resigned in the aftermath of the humiliating defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.

Allardyce has yet to fully begin his tenure, with England's first game under him set to be at the start of September when they play a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovakia. But he has taken his first news conference. Here's how he did.

First impression

Allardyce is not a man who has many doubts about his own ability, and that came...

 By Nick Miller

Five things Sam Allardyce must do with England before the World Cup

The ESPN FC crew weigh the pros and cons of Sam Allardyce as he looks set to take the England job.

England have moved to replace Roy Hodgson with Sam Allardyce after a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign saw them crash out to Iceland. With qualification for the 2018 World Cup just around the corner, the former Bolton, Blackburn, West Ham, Newcastle and Sunderland manager has to hit the ground running to ensure that the Three Lions will be in Russia.

Based on his reputation for playing an organised, tough brand of football, here is a five-point plan for what Allardyce needs to do with England.


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Sam Allardyce gets his chance with England, who need his prosaic style

Alison Bender looks at the stats of new England boss, Sam Allardyce, and examines what he can bring to the squad.

Sam Allardyce thought his chance had gone. A decade on from failing to become England manager, losing out to Steve McClaren at the interview stage, the dream job is his.

"The longer I thought about it, the more I felt I should get it," he wrote in his autobiography of the disappointment he felt in May 2006. In July 2016, he's become the best man for the job in the view of the English Football Association. In the wake of Roy Hodgson's resignation on June 27 -- minutes after England had shamefully...

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What's trending: Sam Allardyce set for England, Gotze rejoins Dortmund

The ESPN FC crew weigh the pros and cons of Sam Allardyce as he looks set to take the England job.

Here are the latest stories for Thursday.

ENGLAND: Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce will be appointed England manager within the next 24 hours, sources tell Press Association Sport.

Chelsea's new boss Antonio Conte is pleased that Allardyce may get the chance to become England manager.

SPAIN: Spain have appointed former FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui as manager. Vicente del Bosque left the national team after losing to Italy 2-0 in the round of 16 at Euro 2016.


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What's trending: Ragnar Klavan signs for Liverpool, Leroy Sane wants exit

Augsburg defender Ragnar Klavan may be heading to Liverpool, but who is he? Alison Bender discusses the Estonian.

Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.

LIVERPOOLLiverpool have completed the signing of defender Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg, the Premier League club have confirmed.

- Liverpool have signed a consummate professional in defender Klavan, Estonia boss Magnus Pehrsson has told ESPN FC.

Jurgen Klopp has said he and the team "still suffer" from Liverpool's 3-1 Europa League final loss to Sevilla in May, but he was quick to add that everyone is ready to move on.

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What's trending: Zlatan Ibrahimovic to miss Manchester United's China tour

The ESPN FC crew discuss Zlatan Ibrahimovic's comments saying he will be the 'God of Manchester.'

Here are the latest stories for Tuesday.

MAN UNITEDManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has opted for a mixture of youth and experience in his 25-man squad for the preseason China tour, with the travelling party being announced on Tuesday morning ahead of flying out in the afternoon. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be involved.

- Manchester United defender Guillermo Varela has agreed a loan move to Eintracht Frankfurt, sources close to the Premier League club have told ESPN FC.