Report: Sunderland boss to be interviewed for England job this week

England XI's manager Sam Allardyce celebrates winning the match

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will discuss the England vacancy with the FA this week, while USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann will also be consulted.

England XI's manager Sam Allardyce celebrates winning the matchAllardyce will speak to the FA about the England job

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce will discuss the England job this week with the Football Association, according to the Guardian.

The newspaper also report that USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann will hold talks with England's football governing body following the resignation of Roy Hodgson after this summer's European Championship debacle.

England were acrimoniously dumped out of the tournament by minnows Iceland, a nation with a population of just over 323,000, which is only slightly more than Wakefield.

Sunderland manager Sam AllardyceAllardyce is the current manager of Sunderland

And it appears that Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce is one of the front runners for the role, along with fellow Englishman Eddie Howe.

The FA are thought to be keen to recruit another Englishman to lead the national side, and unsurprisingly this has meant Allardyce and Howe are now joint favourites for the top job.

Allardyce has benefited from having the backing from legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who cited his extensive experience as key to why he should be offered the role.

Newcastle manager Steve McClarenFormer Newcastle boss Steve McClaren beat Allardyce to the England job in 2006

This is not the first time Big Sam has been linked with the England job. In 2006, he was shortlisted for the chance to succeed Sven Goran Eriksson, but missed out to Steve McClaren.

Allardyce does have an impressive CV, having had success at Bolton Wanderers, where he took them into the Premier League and established them as a top flight club, even taking them into Europe.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce reactsIs Allardyce the right man for England?

Since then, after mixed spells at Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers, he did what was widely considered as an excellent job with West Ham despite often not seeing eye to eye with the club's supporters, before taking over at Sunderland midway through last season.

He successfully steered the Black Cats to safety, sending down rivals Newcastle in the process.

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