England have announced former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce as their new manager, via their official Twitter account.
The 61-year-old had been the favourite for the role since Roy Hodgson’s resignation in June after the Three Lions’ shock elimination from Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland.
Allardyce boasts incredible experience in the Premier League from his spells with Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and Sunderland.
The Dudley-born gaffer guided the Black Cats to Premier League survival last season, winning nine and drawing nine of his 31 games in charge, but has now left the club to take the England job.
Earlier this week, reports emerged claiming the FA were on the verge of announcing Allardyce as Hodgson’s successor.
And his appointment has now been confirmed by England’s official Twitter account after the FA agreed a compensation package with Sunderland.
His first match in charge of England will be a World Cup qualifier against Slovakia in September, followed by clashes with Malta and Slovenia in October.
According to BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein, Allardyce has agreed a two-year contract.
— England (@England) July 22, 2016
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) July 22, 2016
Here are some of the best Twitter reactions to the announcement
I feel like the internet & Sam Allardyce are going to make a great pair now he’s England manager. Watch this space. pic.twitter.com/vprxXDWS5I
— TheFootballRepublic (@TheFootballRep) July 22, 2016
BREAKING: Sam Allardyce appointed head of security for when England travel to Russia for the World Cup in 2018.
— LateTackleMagazine (@LateTackle) July 22, 2016
5 – League win % at most recent club before England job
Allardyce – 30%
Hodgson – 36%
Capello – 61%
McClaren – 34%
Eriksson – 55%
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 22, 2016
When you land the England job…https://t.co/zIZHmAz6Mg
— Sunday League FC (@SundayLeagueFC) July 22, 2016
Sam Allardyce officially confirmed as England manager… https://t.co/yDfAEBJ1nl
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) July 22, 2016
— Rob Staton (@robstaton) July 22, 2016
The FA have decided to roll the Allardyce
— Marcus Speller (@MarcusSpeller) July 22, 2016
Sam Allardyce is the new England manager. Wish him the very best. It's not the impossible job it's said to be, as I hope big Sam proves.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 22, 2016