Sunderland AFC news: Allardyce press conference, Black Cats star excited by England call-up, Larsson frozen out

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce
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Sam Allardyce is meeting the press this afternoon ahead of his first Wear-Tyne derby in charge of Sunderland.

The ex-Newcastle United boss takes charge of his first game at the Stadium of Light on Sunday at noon.

And games don’t come any bigger.

Click here to keep up-to-speed with all the latest news from Allardyce’s 2pm press conference.

Meanwhile, Swedish midfielder Seb Larsson has been speaking about his experience of being frozen out under former boss Dick Advocaat.

Last year’s Player of the Season was dropped by Advocaat from the starting XI after August’s defeat to Norwich and, from that point, the Dutchman didn’t see Larsson as part of his plans.

Read Larsson’s comments here.

And finally, Rachael Laws “can’t wait” to pull on the England goalkeeper’s jersey as the Lionesses prepare for the first international of their tour of China.

The Sunderland stopper is one of three goalies in Mark Sampson’s squad who face China tonight and Australia on Tuesday.

We will be providing full, in-depth coverage of the Wear-Tyne derby including our live match-day blog, fan polls, slideshows and full build-up and post-match reaction.

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