Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce set to be appointed England manager on a two-year deal

Hull City manager Steve Bruce was also considered for the position – along with USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe – and last night Bruce’s son, Alex, confirmed Allardyce’s ascension.

He tweeted: “Delighted for Sam & his family…..Im sure if Dad was going to lose out to anyone he’d be happy it was Sam” The FA had always wanted to appoint a permanent successor to Hodgson, who resigned after the catastrophic 2-1 defeat to minnows Iceland in the last 16 at Euro 2016.

Allardyce’s backroom staff will now be put together and it is likely an ex-international, someone like Rio Ferdinand, will be invited to join the set up in the same way that Gary Neville was.

England are due to play a friendly on September 1, with the Czech Republic having been mooted as a possible opponent, before their opening World Cup qualifier with Slovakia three days later.

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