West Ham star delivers his verdict on Big Sam for England, will expect overdue call-up

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

One of West Ham United's most important players has heaped praise on Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce and backed him for the England job.

Sunderland manager Sam AllardyceSunderland manager Sam Allardyce

Since Roy Hodgson was dispensed with after England's Euro 2016 shame, speculation has been rife that Allardyce will be appointed his successor.

Aaron Cresswell has told The Guardian that Big Sam, who left the Hammers last summer after four years at Upton Park, would be the ideal candidate for the job.

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Tottenham's Ryan MasonWest Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action

Cresswell backs former boss

And that may well mean the Liverpudlian finally gets the England call-up he is long overdue having been a favourite of Allardyce's since he brought the left-back in from Ipswich Town in 2014.

“I’ve a lot to credit him for,” Cresswell told The Guardian.

“He brought me to the club and I can’t speak any more highly of the year I worked under him. He was fantastic with me personally and, if you ask any of the other boys, they’ll say the same thing.

"His man-management skills were very good, top drawer, so I think, if he does get the job, he’ll do very well. It’s a good fit for England and we’ll see if he gets it."

Although Hull City manager Steve Bruce, a close friend of Big Sam, has also been interviewed for the Three Lions job, Allardyce is still the favourite.

West Ham's Andy Carroll in action with Swansea City's Federico FernandezWest Ham's Andy Carroll is a favourite of Allardyce

Allardyce could throw other Irons into the fire

And Cresswell won't be the only Hammer Allardyce could look to in a shake-up of the national side.

Mark Noble would also be a good bet to earn his first cap, Andy Carroll is a Big Sam favourite and youngsters such as Reece Burke and Reece Oxford will also be on his radar from his time in East London.

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