Sam Allardyce has been appointed England manager. The 61-year-old signed an initial two-year deal after compensation was agreed with Sunderland, whom he steered to Premier League safety last season. He succeeds Roy Hodgson, who quit after England was knocked out of Euro 2016 in the last 16 by Iceland.
Allardyce, whose first game in charge will be a friendly at Wembley on 1 September against as yet unnamed opponents, said he was “honoured”. He added: “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.”
His first competitive match will be in Slovakia on 4 September as England begins their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup. He leaves Sunderland after nine months, having helped them avoid relegation last season. The Black Cats are now looking for their ninth manager in eight years.