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Sam Allardyce waiting on call as FA chiefs step up hunt for England boss

Sam Allardyce is yet to be contacted by the Football Association amid reports that he would be interviewed for the vacant England manager's job this week.

The 61-year-old Sunderland boss has left his club's pre-season training camp in Austria as speculation mounts that he has been identified as one of a series of candidates to replace Roy Hodgson, although it is understood his departure is connected to a potential signing.

United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann and Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe also figure prominently in the list of potential candidates said to have been drawn up by the FA's technical director Dan Ashworth, chief executive Martin Glenn and vice-chairman David Gill as they seek a replacement for Hodgson, who fell on his sword following a desperately disappointing Euro 2016 finals campaign.

Allardyce was interviewed for the same job a little more than 10 years ago, only for Steve McClaren to be appointed, although he has enhanced his reputation since, most recently by preserving Sunderland's Barclays Premier League status at the end of last season. Reports have suggested he had already held talks with the FA, but the former Bolton, Blackburn and West Ham boss is unaware of any impending appointment this week.

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