Whereas Allardyce started the biggest challenge I’ve ever had with several fleet statements, he was equivocal over Rooney’s position as captain and an automatic starter for England. It’s a choice that I’ll make once I’ve got my feet under the table, said the new supervisor regarding the captaincy. I believe I’ll wait until I meet the players. Place it this way; I, however, believe Wayne Rooney has a huge part to play in the England side. I don’t consider that there’s any uncertainty about that. Rooney’s place, Allardyce acknowledged, will be determined by his kind under Jos Mourinho at Old Trafford.
I believe Jos will learn where Rooney plays, Allardyce said. He can play that part because he’s demonstrated it for Manchester United but you’ve got to ask: What position do they need to play in? Occasionally you must request a player not to play in a position they may favor, and they take it on board because it’s the advantage of us all. It’d help the Premier League and us at international level if we could reach that, he said. January and February are consistently the most difficult time to get players through. Allardyce, nevertheless, is unlikely to see the advantage during his England tenure. Glenn said there’s no prospect of a winter break during the present Premier League broadcasting deal, which runs from this summer until 2019, but he considers there’s broad agreement on the values of a break on the list of FA, Premier League, and Football League. I can’t get it occur, Glenn said. To make it happen, you have a need for an entire game option. You require understanding. The Football Association is a contest owner, as the proprietor of the FA Cup, and the Premier League and English Football League should agree also. There’s a consensus that it’d be an excellent thing to do. I’ll say no more than that. We can do our bit about fixture congestion and that’s why from the quarterfinals of the FA Cup this season weren’t going to replays. If we’re going to get a winter break, which the FA very much desires, it’d be after the present Premier League TV-rights deal is done. There’s more consensus for that than you might believe. What frightened folks about winter breaks before is the idea of it being between Boxing Day and new year, but it doesn’t need to be then. We can’t do it on our own. We can do it collaboratively with the leagues, but I believe there’s an increasing consensus that it should occur.
Glenn affirmed he, the FAs technical director Dan Ashworth and the vice-chairperson David Gill talked to four other nominees for the England job Steve Bruce and Jurgen Klinsmann were among them but said exclusively Allardyce was offered the place. He met all the criteria we were looking for, Glenn said. What we didn’t need was a short term mercenary to come in to do a job for a few years. He said: I believe they could have won it’d they all performed to their finest. I was very excited by the performances that arrived before they got to the tournament. I believed there was some exceptional skill to beat teams with lots of goals on the side. Perhaps we appeared suspicious defensively at times, but we performed to score yet another goal than the resistance. Sadly, that all seemed to dry up in the tournament. I saw the Iceland match in Spain. I was incredibly frustrated and defeated. We shouldn’t have underestimated Iceland. I’m not convinced England underestimated Iceland but when you view Albania winning games at the Euros you’ve got to comprehend the lesser nations are so great at organisation now. Wales is a perfect example of getting to the semifinals. The so-called smaller countries aren’t simple as people make out.
Waking up this morning, and on the drive down, the reality of what’s resting on my shoulders started, and I am going to be the guy most concentrated when the internationals come around. It’s my time, my opportunity and I’ve waited quite a long time for it, a very long time. It’s arrived. I guess at 15 I never thought I’d be sat here. I observed quietly at home with a couple of buddies and family. It was a fascinating weekend. Allardyce admitted he had a duty to all English trainers. The England manager must always be an Englishman, for me, and it’s for me to make an effort to help encourage English teachers through the entire state in the hope we’ve got a series of English supervisors who could wind up running the national team. My precedence is the first team, there’s no doubt about that, but beyond that, I expect I can help.