Sunderland fear uncertainty over Sam Allardyce’s future is not helping in transfer market

And the former Manchester United skipper last night admitted he is interested in taking over from Hodgson, who quit following England’s miserable showing at Euro 2016.

He declared: “For any English manager, surely, it’s got to be the pinnacle of your career to take charge of the English national team.

“Wow, of course I would be interested in talking to them, and I’d expect any English person in my position to be. It’s the top job that anybody would love.”

Bruce insists there has been no contact with the FA but added: “It’s a great honour to even be considered and I am highly flattered, like any English person would be.

“To be linked with the job is terrific but, so far as I am concerned, it’s only speculation and hearsay.”

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