By Tom Blackburn

West Ham legend Trevor Brooking has backed Sam Allardyce to get the best out of England’s players if he is appointed as Roy Hodgson’s successor.

Allardyce had talks last week with the FA and has already received the backing of West Ham chairman David GoldCeltic manger Brendan Rodgers and yesterday Mick McCarthy.

Talking to The Sun, Brooking said Allardyce is the man to change England fortunes at major competitions.

“These players are very talented technically – we even saw that in France,” the former FA director of football said. “But they were found wanting in terms of mental toughness.

“That’s the thing about Sam Allardyce – he’s always made the best use of the players available.

“He got West Ham back into the top flight and made Sunderland stronger mentally and defensively.

“Combine that with the technical ability of these England players and I think you have a decent mix. The next manager has to be English and Sam Allardyce is very experienced and organised.”

The top job in English football became available after Hodgson resigned following England’s 2-1 loss to Iceland in the round of 16, at this summers European Championships.

Allardyce, who took the Hammers to 12th position in the Premier League in the 2014-15 season before leaving, has a release clause in his Sunderland contract.

He signed a two-year contract with Sunderland in October before steering the club to Premier League safety after suffering only one defeat in their final 11 league matches of the season.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has also been linked with the job, but appears to be behind Allardyce and Jurgen Klinsmann in the pecking order.

The 61-year-old boss is not the only former West Ham manager to have been linked with England’s top job in recent years after Harry Redknapp was once favourite to land the role before Hodgson.

In other West Ham news, a free-scoring striker target has shared his plans for the future.