Allardyce kicks out with a cheer

Sports | 14 Jun 2018

Former England manager Sam Allardyce, 63, believes he should still be leading the team and says he is envious as his replacement, Gareth Southgate, prepares for a World Cup opener in Russia.

Allardyce became England boss in July 2016 but was sacked after 67 days for behaving "inappropriately" after being caught in a sting. He was filmed offering advice on how to "get around" FA transfer rules.

He now tells the BBC: "Jealous is what I feel. Massively disappointed. That should be me there. Unfortunately, because of the circumstances, that wasn't the case ... If a bit more time was taken, a bit more patience, I believe I should still be the England manager."

Southgate led England to the top of their World Cup qualifying group unbeaten, and Allardyce said: "I've bounced back now - and while I will be extremely jealous I will be watching Gareth and the lads and hope they do extremely well."

England begin against Group G opponents Tunisia on Tuesday (HK time).

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