Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has backed the appointment of Sam Allardyce as England manager.
“He is the right person,” Mourinho said of the Sunderland boss. “He is more than ready. He is a good motivator and can create a good team spirit.” Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson told BBC Sport: “Sam’s been in English football for a long time. He’s always been doing very well.”
Allardyce’s appointment is expected to be confirmed on Thursday. Mourinho, speaking on United’s pre-season tour of China, added: “I wish him the best. I promise to try and supply him players and try to make sure the English players are always available in good condition.”
Eriksson, who led England to the quarter-finals of three major tournaments between 2001 and 2006, warned success was “not that easy”. “What is successful for England? Is it quarter-final or semi-final? Winning?” asked the 68-year-old Swede, who now manages Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League.
Allardyce, 61, was interviewed for the England job by the Football Association (FA) when Eriksson left after the 2006 World Cup.
“If the FA want an Englishman, he is one of several good names,” said Eriksson. “I wish him the best of luck. I know he is very organised. He knows all the players and he wants the job.” Eriksson said that a result like England’s Euro 2016 last-16 defeat by Iceland, which led to Roy Hodgson’s resignation, “should not happen”. “I know the fans and the FA are dreaming about reaching semi-finals and finals and winning a big tournament,” he said, adding that England’s World Cup triumph in 1966 was “a long time ago”.
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