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Published: 09:05 | 29/6/16

Defoe backs Allardyce for England


Jermain Defoe believes Sam Allardyce could transform England's fortunes but does not want him to leave Sunderland.

The Football Association's search for a new manager is underway following Roy Hodgson's resigniation in the wake of England's 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the last-16.

Gareth Southgate, Glenn Hoddle and Arsene Wenger have all been linked with the vacancy but Defoe has thrown his support behind Allardyce.

Sunderland were stuck in the relegation zone when Allardyce was appointed manager in October but the former Bolton, Newcastle and West Ham manager delivered on his promise to keep the club in the Premier League and Defoe believes he would be the ideal candidate to lead the national side.

"He (Allardyce) should be (linked with the England job), although I hope he doesn’t leave Sunderland," Defoe told BBC Five Live.

"I’ve always known about Sam, but it’s only when you play for a manager that you actually realise what they bring to a team and what they bring to a dressing room.

"I remember when I was young, at West Ham, playing against his Bolton team and travelling up to the stadium thinking ‘It’s going to be a difficult one against Sam’s team’. It was so direct, and we always used to say it was a horrible way of playing, but so effective.

"He came into Sunderland and gave us the basis of how to win games, and that was it. He didn’t really complicate anything.

"On a Thursday, he would do the team shape and say, ‘This is what I want’ and ‘This is how we are going to win today’. It was always different depending on who we were playing against. ‘This is how I feel like we are going to win’.

"He could transfer that (to England), 100 per cent. If you look at the players we’ve got, especially the young players with the legs and the energy, then 100 per cent (he could do it). Obviously I want him to stay at Sunderland, but maybe he could do both."

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