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West Ham ace gives verdict on Allardyce after England exit

By Dominic Toner

Michail Antonio hopes to retain his place in the England squad following the departure of Sam Allardyce.

Allardyce handed Antonio his first ever call-up to the England squad against Slovakia and the West Ham midfielder was an unused substitute in the World Cup qualifier.

The Football Association revealed on Tuesday that Allardyce has left his role after just 67 days in charge.

The Telegraph reported allegations that Allardyce used his position to negotiate a £400,000 deal and appeared to offer advice on how to circumvent rules on player transfers.

Gareth Southgate will now take charge of England’s next four matches whilst a successor is lined up.

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Antonio, 26, has revealed he is “sad” that Allardcye has left his position but is keen to impress the next manager.

“[Working with Sam Allardyce] was a great time. He’s so laid back he was a good manager,” he told ITV News. “I feel like he was a good manager. At least he’s leaving with 100 per cent record.

“He [Allardyce] game me my first opportunity, so I’m sad definitely sad but you’ve just got to move on and that’s how it is in football – people move on so you’ve just got to move on and keep doing what you’re doing.

He added: “I’m a footballer, I’ve got to perform and if I keep performing the way I am performing it will be hard for the next manager to ignore me.”

Antonio has made a fantastic start to the new season in a struggling West Ham team.

The winger has scored five goals in the first six league matches and is joint top goal scorer alongside Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.

The Hammers are currently stuck in the relegation places after a miserable start for Slaven Bilic’s side but Antonio has continued to impress.

Last season he was used predominately at right-back and has now been pushed further up the pitch to exploit his pace and aerial ability.

In other West Ham news, Ravel Morrison has posted an intriguing tweet about Sam Allardyce.