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      Sam Allardyce has been named England manager, the FA have confirmed.

      The 61-year-old has taken over the Three Lions reins following Roy Hodgson's resignation on the back of the national team's Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland.

      Allardyce fought off competition from Hull City boss Steve Bruce and United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann to take charge of the England national team.

      The former Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United manager has left Sunderland, who he guided to Premier League survival last season, after nine months in charge.

      Allardyce's first game in charge will be a friendly at Wembley on Thursday, 1 September against as yet unnamed opponents.

      His first competitive match will be in Slovakia on 4 September as England begin 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.

      A statement from the club read: “The focus of everyone at Sunderland AFC is on moving forward quickly and decisively, with the appointment of the club's new manager to be confirmed at the earliest opportunity.”

      Allardyce, a former Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn and West Ham boss, becomes the 14th permanent England manager.

      He has never won a major trophy but did win promotion to the Premier League with Bolton and Newcastle.

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