Danny Rose agrees with Alan Shearer: England have become a laughing stock

But Rose revealed interim England boss Gareth Southgate had told the players, in his first address to them yesterday, there were reasons to be cheerful.

“He said the environment doesn’t need picking up too much,” he added. “He’s seen that just from being here for an hour or so how close we are with each other.”

He reckoned Allardyce deserved credit for that, thanks to some team-bonding.

Rose added: “In one of the activities, he got us into three different groups, sitting with someone who you are not really close to.

“You have to find out when the birthdays are, where they are from, who was the biggest inspiration in their lives, stuff like that.

“It was interesting because I was with John Stones and we’re from the same part of the world and I wouldn’t have know that if we hadn’t done that exercise.”

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