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5 Players to benefit from ‘Big Sam’ becoming England manager

Allardyce CresswellJermain Defoe
After a superb campaign where the forward’s goals were pivotal in Sunderland’s escape from relegation last term, there was plenty of speculation as to whether Jermain Defoe would earn a call up into England’s Euro 2016 squad.

He was overlooked in favour of Man United starlet Marcus Rashford, but with Allardyce having worked with the player, he could resurrect an England career that looked over.

Bringing Defoe into the mix could also serve a dual purpose as it further allows Allardyce the opportunity to shed the unwanted label of being a ‘route one merchant’; the proof is in the pudding that he can mix it up with 5’7 forward.

Andy Carroll
Having brought Carroll to West Ham, could Allardyce be tempted to bring him back into the England set up?

Carroll was another player linked with a surprise call up to Hodgson’s Euro squad and would have certainly added a different dimension to England if selected, especially in games against Slovakia and Iceland where we struggled to break sides down.

His performances at the back end of last term proved the forward still has something to give at international level with the current crop in Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge and Marcus Rashford all lacking the physical and aerial threat that Carroll does.

Mark Noble
A huge player for Allardyce during his spell at Upton Park, there’s no doubts the West Ham captain will be in the frame for his first England call up for the senior side with Allardyce in charge.

Another player who fuelled speculation when the squad for Euro 2016 was taking shape, it was somewhat of a shock that Noble wasn’t given the opportunity to showcase his ability in friendlies against Germany and Holland prior to the end of the season.

Noble has never ruled out playing for England, so could his former manager be the man to hand him his first call up?

Andros Townsend
Allardyce hasn’t worked with the player but it seems as though Andros Townsend, who has shone for England previously, could go some way to rectifying some of England’s glaring problems.

A huge player for Newcastle in the second half of the season after a transfer from Tottenham, Townsend almost kept Newcastle in the Premier League.

His tendency to stay wide, stretch the game and run at defenders was something that England lacked in France and will be something the Big Sam will like. If the winger hits the ground running with Crystal Palace after a summer move, he could find himself back in the England fold.

Aaron Cresswell
Arguably one of the best bits of business for Allardyce in his four years at West Ham was bringing Cresswell to the club from Ipswich Town, with the left back becoming a mainstay under Slaven Bilic.

Despite being ruled out for four months with injury, once fit he will certainly be knocking on the door, the West Ham left back has been one of the most consistent English defenders in the past two seasons.

With question marks over the fitness of the more favoured left back Luke Shaw as well as competition from Danny Rose and Ryan Bertrand, the left back certainly has a slight advantage after playing under Allardyce in his debut season in the Premier League.

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