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Sam Allardyce bats away questions over Wayne Rooney’s role in England victory

England's Wayne Rooney

Stoppage time began with Sam Allardyce, alone on the edge of his technical area, burying his head in his hands as another of his side’s desperate attacks ran aground. It ended with a spin, grin and two-fisted pump of the air aimed at those members of his coaching staff still on the bench. His assistant, Sammy Lee, had already bounced gleefully beyond him on to the edge of the turf. If nothing else, the new manager has brought England a dash of good fortune.

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