Sam Allardyce is hopeful of steering Sunderland to safety
Sam Allardyce, one of the favourites for the Everton job

By Amir Mir

Jermain Defoe has backed his club manager Sam Allardyce to take over the reigns as England boss after the resignation of Roy Hodgson.

The national team suffered its worst humiliation when they were knocked out of Euro 2016 with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of minnows Iceland.

This prompted a backlash from supporters and ex-players alike and has since fuelled the talk about who the next man should be to take over the vacant post.

England striker Defoe who narrowly missed out on selection for the tournament in France has backed Allardyce, who helped Sunderland survive relegation in the recently concluded Premier League season.

The 61-year-old took charge at the North-East club last October and spearheaded by Defoe’s 15 Premier League goals, secured the club ‘s top-flight survival.

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The 33-year-old feels Allardyce’s name should be among current contenders such as England Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate, former England striker Alan Shearer and former England boss Glenn Hoddle.

“He should be [among the contenders],” said ex-Tottenham man Defoe in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live.

Former West Ham boss Allardyce has come under criticism throughout his managerial career for his so-called long ball style of play.

Most notably at his recent job at the Boleyn ground where after promotion and numerous years in the Premier League he left the Hammers hot seat due to consistent disapproval from supporters about his way of

But Defoe, who has 55 England caps to his name, feels the out-spoken manager can bring his winning mentality to the England set-up, regardless of how he plays.

“Sam has always said to us, ‘You know what? I don’t care how we play, as long as we win, that’s the most important thing’,” Defoe told Radio Five Live. “Sometimes you can’t make it pretty and play good football – football is about results. It doesn’t matter how you play.”

In the mid-noughties, Allardyce produced his best managerial performance when he guided division one side, Bolton Wanderers’ to the top tier of English football and then a venture into Europe.

But, his club player feels the former Newcastle United boss can transfer his club success onto the international stage.

“On a Thursday, we do the team selection and he tells us, ‘This is what I want and this is how we’re going to win on Saturday,’ and it is always different depending on the opposition,” said Defoe.

“He could transfer that to the international stage. If you look at the young players we have and the legs and the energy they have, 100% he could do it.”

In other Tottenham news, fans have reacted angrily to missing out on Chelsea-bound Michy Batshuayi.