Sam Allardyce confirmed as England football manager

London (AFP) –

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Sam Allardyce was confirmed as the new England manager on Friday, a decade after he failed to convince the Football Association 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 last 16 of Euro 2016.