Defoe: Allardyce for England job

Jermain Defoe touted Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce as the new England manager following the resignation of Roy Hodgson on Monday.

Following a disappointing pre-Euro warm-up, poor performances in the group stage and Monday's shocking exit to tournament debutants Iceland, Hodgson opted to vacate a position he was certain to be sacked from.

With theThree Lions hotseat empty for barely 36 hours, speculation over who will be Hodgson's successor has already begun.

Black Cats striker Defoe has put forward a name that's been associated with the national-team job on a number of occasions in the past – his manager at club level, Allardyce.

"He [Allardyce] should be [among the contenders for the job]," the former England international told the BBC.

"I've always known about Sam, but it's not until you play for a manager that you realise what they bring to the team and the dressing room.

"And I remember when I was really young at West Ham and going to play his Bolton teams and pulling up to the stadium and always thinking, 'it's going to be a tough one', because they're so direct and we used to say it's a horrible way of playing but it's so effective.

"But he doesn't complicate anything. On a Thursday, we do the team selection and he tells us, 'this is what I want and this is how we're going to win on Saturday', and it is always different depending on the opposition.

"He could transfer that to the international stage. If you look at the young players we have and the legs and the energy they have, 100 per cent he could do it."

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