Gary Lineker praises Sam Allardyce's England press conference

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It’s fair to say the appointment of Sam Allardyce as England manager has divided opinion.

Some believe that Allardyce is exactly what the Three Lions need following their embarrassing Euro 2016 exit, while others feel that appointing the former Sunderland boss is a step backwards.

Either way, England fans would have been watching closely as Allardyce gave his first press conference since being named as Roy Hodgson’s successor on Monday morning.


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Allardyce was quizzed by the media about plenty of subjects, including what it means to manage your country, who he will name as captain and whether we’ll see him dancing to Rihanna again - like we did this summer whilst he was on holiday in Marbella.

So, in his first task as England manager, how did he perform?

Well, Gary Lineker was obviously very impressed with Allardyce’s performance. The Match of the Day presenter tweeted: “Exemplary first press conference from Sam Allardyce. World Cup win almost a given.”

While Lineker was obviously joking about a certain World Cup win (we think) he was clearly pleased with the comments from the new England boss.

So what did Allardyce actually have to say?

Allardyce on being appointed England manager

When asked what the job means to him, he said: “I have a very warm feeling about taking up this position. I’m very proud.”

Allardyce on England captain

But he remained coy when asked if Rooney would remain as captain under him.

“No, I’m not answering that. It’s too early to say,” he insisted.

Allardyce on *that* dance

But, surely the most important question came towards the end of the press conference. Would we see Big Sam producing some shapes to Rihanna again now that he's appointed England boss?

“Hopefully, if we qualify [for the World Cup] and then go a bit further. Maybe then, but I’m not sure you’ll see it anytime in the near future,” he said whilst chuckling.

The first chance England fans will get to see Allardyce in the dugout will be at Wembley, during a friendly against Croatia on September 1. Following that match, the Three Lions will begin their quest to qualify for the 2018 Russian World Cup.

In their qualification group, England face Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta.

Russia World Cup

And Allardyce has insisted that his sole focus will be trying to qualify for that tournament in two years time.

“We’re two years way from the World Cup but we must focus on qualifying," he said.

"Then we can focus on the in-depth issues. We all had great hopes becuase of the way we qualified for them. I hope when we get there (Russia 2018) I can answer that question better then. We can’t change the past. We can only focus on the future."

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Wayne Rooney
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