Ex-England international backs Sam Allardyce to succeed Roy Hodgson

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Sam Allardyce would restore a will-to-win determination into England's ranks, believes the Sunderland manager's ex-Bolton skipper Kevin Davies.

Allardyce remains an outsider with the bookies to succeed Roy Hodgson as England boss, with reports today that U21 coach Gareth Southgate will take the helm on an interim basis over the next year.

The 61-year-old was in the running for the job back in 2006, only for the Football Association to turn instead to Steve McClaren - sacked two years later after England's failure to qualify for Euro 2008.

But Davies - who spent four years working under Allardyce at Bolton - says the Black Cats boss has all the necessary credentials to end England's pattern of tournament torment.

"Greg Dyke (FA chairman) has gone on about discovering the DNA of an England player, whatever that means, but it seems pretty simple - we want a team who is showing passion, winning 50-50 tackles and getting results,” the one-time England international told the Bolton News.

“Sam will certainly do that.

“We shouldn’t be watching England lose a game at a major tournament because the other team wanted it more.

“People say Sam hasn’t managed at the very top level but he is very good at what he does. His players will play for him, work hard for him, and he won’t stand for any nonsense.

“That is the type I think they need. The FA could put some serious money into it and go for someone like (Diego) Simeone, who would also make us organised, hard to beat, solid. I watched Antonio Conte and he was exactly the same.

“I’ve met Gareth Southgate a few times doing some media work and he’s a lovely bloke – maybe too nice?

“I just think England need a different kind of character. Someone who will come in and do it his way.”