New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has told The Sun that he could have been England manager - and still believes he can take the role.
Allardyce, 60, made his return to management on Friday, having been appointed as the new Sunderland manager, replacing Dick Advocaat at his former club.
'Big Sam' will now be charged with the task of keeping the Black Cats in the Premier League, and he will also be looking to rebuild his reputation having left West Ham on the final day of last season.
Allardyce had been considered as the top candidate to replace Roy Hodgson as England manager in 2016 after a superb first half of last season with the Hammers, but a torrid second half of the campaign led to his exit from Upton Park.
Despite that, Allardyce has now told The Sun that he failed in a bid to land the England job in 2006, losing out to Steve McClaren in the process - and also admitted that he still wants to manage the Three Lions despite his arrival at the Stadium of Light just days ago.
"I should have got it and, as I’m a better manager now than I was then, I believe I should be in the running whenever it comes round again," said Allardyce. "I had a shot at the England job, impressed in an interview but missed out to Steve McClaren.
"That’s not vanity or being full of my own importance. My track record entitles me to be considered. Being a national team boss intrigues me. I’m ambitious and I still want the England job but I have less chance now even though I’m better equipped to do it now," he added.
The comments shouldn't concern Sunderland fans too much, as Allardyce would need to work miracles at the Stadium of Light in order to put himself back in contention for the England job - and any potential success for Allardyce would only be good news for the Black Cats as they finally look to stabilise the club.