The Football Association have confirmed Sam Allardyce as the new England manager as the former Sunderland boss comes in as direct replacement for Roy Hodgson.
The 61-year old has been handed an initial two-year deal which could be reviewed depending on how he performs.
Among other things, Allardyce will not just be expected to qualify the Three Lions for the 2018 World Cup, he will also be expected to surpass their recent records at major international competitions.
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Allardyce said: “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.”
Allardyce’s first match in charge will be a friendly fixture at Wembley Stadium on Thursday 1 September.