Big Sam Allardyce is officially the new England manager

The former Limerick City boss has agreed to take over the Three Lions.

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Sam Allardyce: "This is the role I have always wanted."
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Updated at 16.21

SAM ALLARDYCE IS the new England manager, it has been confirmed.

Allardyce leaves Sunderland to take over from Roy Hodgson, who resigned after the team were knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland.

Jurgen Klinsmann, Glenn Hoddle, Arsene Wenger, Steve Bruce and Harry Redknapp were among the other coaches being linked with the job.

Speaking following his appointment, the 61-year-old coach — whose previous clubs as a manager include Bolton, West Ham, Newcastle and Limerick City — 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 task will be to name a squad as they prepare for a Wembley friendly on 1 September, as well as their opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in Slovakia three days later.

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