Sam Allardyce has been confirmed as England manager by the FA.

The 61-year-old’s appointment had been delayed by compensation talks with his club Sunderland on Thursday but the issue has finally been resolved.

"The highly respected 61-year-old has signed an initial two-year contract and takes up the position with immediate effect following a successful spell retaining Sunderland’s status in the Premier League," read a statement on the FA's website.

"Allardyce’s first match in charge will be a friendly fixture at Wembley Stadium on Thursday 1 September.

"The unanimous choice of The FA’s three-man selection panel, comprising FA chief executive Martin Glenn, technical director Dan Ashworth and acting chairman David Gill, Allardyce arrives with a proven track record of getting the best results out of the teams he has managed and a strong reputation as a forward-thinker with progressive ideas," added the statement.

Allardyce takes over from Roy Hodgson after a terrible Euro 2016, when England were knocked out in the last 16 by Iceland.

 

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