Sam Allardyce hired to manage England national team

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July 23, 2016
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LONDON, AP:

Sam Allardyce has been hired as England's new national team manager, following the team's embarrassing European Championship showing under Roy Hodgson.

The English Football Association said yesterday that Allardyce signed a two-year contract after securing his release from Premier League club Sunderland.

Allardyce takes over one of football's most high-profile and challenging jobs after a 25-year management career that yielded no major trophies but plaudits for overachieving with modest teams.

The 61-year-old Allardyce, like Hodgson, was never selected by England during his playing career.

Hodgson's hopes of extending his four-year stint with England were dashed when its Euro 2016 campaign ended in June with a humbling loss to Iceland in the round of 16.

Allardyce's immediate priority is taking England to the 2018 World Cup, with qualifying starting in September.

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