England: Allardyce to concentrate on team spirit

England: Allardyce to concentrate on team spirit

England: Allardyce to concentrate on team spirit

Sam Allardyce also revealed that he hopes to bring success for the Three Lions, but said they shouldn't expect to see him repeat his dancing anytime soon.

New England manager Sam Allardyce has yet to decide if he will retain Wayne Rooney as captain.

Allardyce replaces Roy Hodgson after the former manager quit following England's disastrous Euro 2016 campaign, where they were dumped out of the competition by Iceland.

He's been speaking to the media for the first time in his new role as the England manager today.

"The pressure on players at global we will be looking at in depth", Allardyce said. Look at Bolton Wanderers, and Jermain Defoe was playing upfront for Sunderland last season. "My coaching technique is to try to give players the opportunity to win football matches, home or away, and make them aware of the opposition", he said.

But his style, not unlike Allardyce's, was such that when results dipped, criticism came drenched in venom.

However, Allardyce said it would not be an issue as he had managed many world class players over the course of his career. The key element is to get among the staff in place and talk about the programme going forward, particularly psychologically.

I think we need to be more adaptable.

"We're two years way from the World Cup but we must focus on qualifying", he continued. People see me as being able to turn a club around very quickly and that comes around by taking West Ham up, keeping Blackburn and Sunderland up but I consider myself to have much more than that label.

"That's far too early to make predictions in that area", added the 61-year-old.

"It's been disappointing but not rock bottom".

Allardyce, who guided Sunderland to Premier League safety last season having taken over with them in a desperate position, has never won a major trophy and acknowledged the England job as the "biggest challenge" of his managerial career. In fact, he believes a winter break would be a massive benefit to the Three Lions.

"At Tottenham everyone said he couldn't play up front on his own, and what did he do for me?"

Allardyce has often been associated as a manager that plays a direct style of football but wants his players to show flexibility under his tutelage.

"I am here because I want the challenge and I think I can make the team better and I think I am tough enough to take it so bring it on, lads!"

"The game of football is to be enjoyed".

The former Black Cats boss, meanwhile, weighed in the recent calls for the Premier League to introduce a winter break.

"It was 10 years since I was last interviewed [for the position] and to sit here is obviously a huge, huge thrill for me". England's Premier League stars were accused of being pampered and technically deficient at the highest level.

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