Former Premier League manager Sam Allardyce sensationally says he can win Qatar World Cup with one nation

Former Premier League manager Sam Allardyce sensationally says he can win Qatar World Cup with one nation

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:15 PM
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  • Sam Allardyce has boldly declared that he could win the World Cup with England if he was manager of the Three Lions
  • Current England boss Gareth Southgate is under immense pressure to perform less than a month to the spectacle
  • Allardyce was briefly in charge of the national side but was sacked in controversial circumstances

Former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has declared he would be able to win the World Cup 2022 in Qatar if he was England's manager.

Fans with long memories will remember the former Bolton and West Ham manager was appointed as England manager in 2016, but only lasted 67 days on the job.

England had to do away with his services after he seemed to offer reporters a way to 'get around' FIFA's third-party ownership rules.

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Sam Allardyce attends the BGC Partners Charity Day on September 29, 2022 in London, England. Photo by David M. Benett.
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In his short-lived tenure, he was in charge of just one game, a World Cup qualifier against Slovakia. Gareth Southgate has been in charge of The Three Lions ever since.

Allardyce, 68, recently made an appearance on The No Tippy Tappy Football Podcast, where he made some daring comments on his chances at the World Cup if he was still England boss.

According to Big Sam, with the squad England has at the moment, it would not be that difficult to win the most coveted trophy in football.

Yes, definitely with this squad, yes," he said as quoted by SportBible.

He also tried to give hints of how his starting XI would look like, and it unsurprisingly had the embattled Harry Maguire at the heart of defence.

"We’d go for Jordan Pickford in goal, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Conor Coady and Luke Shaw in defence," Allardyce explained.
"Declan Rice in midfield and Jude Bellingham alongside him, along with Mason Mount. Harry Kane up front, and we’ll go with Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden. We’d be celebrating with that, this team would win the World Cup."

Mourinho says he’d pick Smalling for England squad

Earlier, Sports Brief also reported on Jose Mourinho’s backing of English centre half Chris Smalling.

With the World Cup drawing closer, there is still a lot of uncertainty on how Gareth Southgate will set up his squad.

Smalling has been one of the in-form players for Mourinho’s side this season, and was once again crucial in keeping a clean sheet on Monday, October 17 as the Giallorossi claimed a crucial 1-0 win over Sampdoria.

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