London : Sam Allardyce is the new England manager after the Football Association officially appointed him on Friday, 10 years after he failed to convince them he was the right man for the job.

The 61-year-old Englishman — who lost out to Steve McClaren 10 years ago after Sven-Goran Eriksson left — signed a two-year contract with his task to guide England to the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. Allardyce — who gained credit for keeping Sunderland in the Premier League last season — replaces Roy Hodgson, who stepped down after England lost to minnows Iceland in the Euro 2016.

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