Jermain Defoe believes that Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is more than capable of being the next England manager.
Allardyce is high in the bookmakers’ odds to replace Roy Hodgson following England’s dismal Euro 2016 exit.
And Defoe, who netted 15 Premier League goals to lead Sunderland to Premier League survival last term, is a big fan of the Black Cats boss, who turned the club around following his arrival last October.
Asked by BBC 5 Live’s Mark Chapman about Allardyce and the Three Lions vacancy, Defoe, who has bagged 19 goals in 55 games for England, said: “Obviously I hope he stays at Sunderland.
“Maybe he could do both (roles).
“I want him to stay at Sunderland. It’s not until you play for a manager that you actually realise what they bring to a team and bring to a dressing room.
“He didn’t really complicate anything (when he came in).
”Last season he said to us, ‘do you know what? I don’t care how we play, as long as we win’”