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Sam best man for England, says Rooney

By Mark Ogden

Wayne Rooney has backed Sam Allardyce's appointment as England manager and insisted he is determined to play a central role under the new regime ahead of the next World Cup.

Allardyce, 61, has been handed the task of succeeding Roy Hodgson and turning England into challengers at Russia 2018.

The former Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn and West Ham manager will be the fifth coach to have overseen England during Rooney's international career - a period which has seen the country extend its lengthy wait for success.

But England captain Rooney, speaking in Shanghai following Manchester United's pre-season friendly defeat against Borussia Dortmund, insisted that Allardyce can lead the country out of the international wilderness.

"I think it is a good appointment for England," Rooney said.

"Sam will probably bring a different way of playing and hopefully it's a good way and we can be successful under him.

"I only know him through the teams he has managed. I have seen him a few times off the pitch, but it's like everyone, I know him through the teams in the Premier League."

Rooney, England's all-time leading goalscorer, ended Euro 2016 on 115 caps - just 10 behind Peter Shilton's record tally.

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