Allardyce’s first opponent named, staff approached

Date published: Monday 25th July 2016 8:16

Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of England will be a friendly against Croatia, according to several newspapers.

The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mirror all report that Croatia are being lined up for England’s pre-World Cup qualifying friendly on September 1, which will now be Allardyce’s first match in charge of the national team.

The Croatia game will be followed by a trip to Slovakia for the first game of qualifying. Allardyce is following Roy Hodgson, who won all ten of his qualifiers for Euro 2016.

The announcement of the match is to be confirmed during Allardyce’s first press conference, to be held at 11am on Monday.

Also during the press conference, Allardyce is expected to announce that he has approached Sammy Lee and Paul Clement regarding roles within the England coaching set-up.

Croatia would be a tough first opponent for Allardyce, having topped their Euro 2016 group ahead of Spain. They are ranked two places below England in 15th place in FIFA’s world rankings.

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