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Published: 22:09 | 22/7/16

Howe: England rumours were 'speculation'

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has dismissed rumours that he was in the running for the England job as "pure press speculation".

The Football Association appointed Sam Allardyce as England manager on Friday, with the 61-year-old signing an initial two-year deal after the FA agreed a compensation deal with Sunderland.

Howe insists that he did not speak to the FA about the role, and gave his backing to Allardyce as successor to Roy Hodgson, who quit after England were knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland in the Round of 16.

The 38-year-old, who won two caps for England Under-21's side as a player, says his "immediate focus" is on Bournemouth, who he guided from League One to the Premier League in just three years.

"I was very proud to have even been linked with the role," Howe told the Bournemouth Daily Echo.

"But from my perspective this summer was always about AFC Bournemouth and making sure we are as prepared as we can be for the tough season ahead.

"It was nice to have been linked with the role because it meant people have recognised the successful campaign of last season. That recognition is what the players here deserve.

"But it was all just pure press speculation and nothing ever changed my immediate focus. I think it is a good appointment for England and Sam will do a very good job. He has done very well wherever he has been.”

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