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Friday 9 December 2016

Brooking backs Allardyce to get best out of English stars

Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce

Trevor Brooking has backed Sam Allardyce to get the best out of England's players if he is appointed as Roy Hodgson's successor.

The English Football Association are searching for a new manager after Hodgson resigned in the aftermath of England's dismal Euro 2016 campaign which ended in defeat to minnows Iceland.

Sunderland boss Allardyce has become the frontrunner for the role, holding talks with the English FA earlier this week, and Brooking believes he would be a good choice.

"These players are very talented technically - we even saw that in France," the former English FA director of football development said. "But they were found wanting in terms of mental toughness.

"In the Iceland game, I saw players moving into positions where they could hide. There's an overhead camera and I think it would be pretty damning for that game. That was the most disappointing thing for me to see.

"That's the thing about Sam - he's always made the best use of the players available. Combine that with the technical ability of these England players and I think you have a decent mix. The next manager has to be English and Sam is very experienced and organised."

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