Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce gets heavyweight backing for England job

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Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce as the best homegrown candidate to take charge of England.

Allardyce has become the favourite with the bookmakers to succeed Roy Hodgson, as the FA begin the process of selecting the next England manager.

The FA are though to favour an overseas candidate, yet Allardyce is a contender and would be interested in a role that he missed out on to Steve McClaren 10 years ago.

Ex-Manchester United manager Ferguson - whose former chairman David Gill is now the FA vice-chairman - believes there needs to be an exhaustive search of the candidates available, but says Allardyce is the best English manager to pick from.

"It's very difficult to think of the right man and there are only three English managers in the Premier League. With Sam (Allardyce)'s experience, he is the obvious choice," Ferguson told Sky Sports.

"But I think they have to search wider to make sure they get the right one. If it's Sam, fine, but they have to have someone with the capabilities, the tactical awareness and the feel for the national side.

"Thank goodness I'm not making the choice because it's a difficult one but Sam's the best English candidate because he's in the Premier League."