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Allardyce hardened to the challenge of England post

Sam Allardyce insists he is “tough enough” to handle the pressure that comes with managing England. Allardyce undertook his first media duties as Roy Hodgson’s successor at England’s St George’s Park base on Monday and, having faced varying levels of criticism over his style throughout his career, the 61-year-old is ready to tackle this latest challenge head on. The former Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland boss conceded his wife asked him to consider the considerable stresses and strains of a post he failed to land when the Football Association set in motion Steve McClaren’s ill-fated reign 10 years ago.