New England boss picks best XI players he has coached

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce chooses the best XI he has worked with, including Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United stars.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

Newly appointed England boss Sam Allardyce has chosen the best XI players he has coached over his time in football management, and there was not one single Sunderland player on the list, as reported by The Daily Star.

Allardyce performed miracles with the Black Cats last term in keeping them in the Premier League, but left his post at the Stadium of Light after signing a two-year contract to become the England manager on Friday.

And now the former Bolton and West Ham boss has chosen a select XI of the finest players he has coached, reported by The Daily Star.

Here is the XI picked by Big Sam:

The side is dominated by ex-Bolton players, which is not surprising considering the Trotters finished inside the top eight for four consecutive seasons during Allardyce's tenure.

Ex-Newcastle United player Habib Beye was a surprise inclusion, along with Blackburn Rovers' former captain Ryan Nelson.

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There is no room for any of the Sunderland players who worked under Allardyce last term, however. Could this be an early signal that pundits' and fans' calls for a Jermain Defoe England recall are a tad romantic?

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Also, and somewhat surprisingly, Mark Noble was omitted from Allardyce's best XI, and could possibly be another early indicator that once again, he could just fall short of gaining an international cap.

This is of course pure conjecture and speculation, so only time will tell who Allardyce actually gives a chance to when he has to pick a squad for the upcoming set of international fixtures.

One thing is for sure, Allardyce will be wishing that there were a few players in that line-up he picked that were English and 10 years younger.

Sam Allardyce - Bolton Wanderers Manager with Ivan Campo after being substitutedSam Allardyce's most successful period in football was while in charge at Bolton

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