Albania coach hopes to become new England boss

Matt Stead

Albania coach Gianni De Biasi vows to make England “great” if given the chance to succeed Roy Hodgson as the new Three Lions manager.

Hodgson resigned after England’s miserable Euro 2016 campaign and De Biasi thinks he can turn England into a football force.

On Wednesday, Sunderland confirmed they had given Sam Allardyce permission to speak to the Football Association over the vacant managerial position and the former West Ham boss is the current favourite to land the job.

However, De Biasi, who previously guided Torino to promotion from Serie B, took over Albania in 2011 and is confident he has the tools to do a good job for the England national side.

“I’m honoured that my name could be linked with the English national team,” De Biasi told the Sun.

“The football players have talent and feature qualities which need to be rediscovered in an appropriate way.

“Working as a manager for England would be a big opportunity which you cannot decline.

“I’m convinced, and I’m saying this with a lot of humility, that we could obtain great results together.”