Football: Allardyce 'very proud' to be England manager

England manager Sam Allardyce at a press conference at Hilton Hotel, St George’s Park, on July 25, 2016.
England manager Sam Allardyce at a press conference at Hilton Hotel, St George’s Park, on July 25, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Sam Allardyce said Monday that he was "very proud" to be named England manager and felt confident that he "fit the chair".

The 61-year-old Englishman - who succeeds Roy Hodgson, who stepped down after England lost to minnows Iceland in the last 16 of Euro 2016 - refused to confirm Wayne Rooney would remain as captain, saying it was too early to do so.

The fate of Rooney - both as a starter in the team and as skipper - is among the weighty issues Allardyce will need to confront.

"It is far too early to make any predictions and I will not make any decisions until I meet the players and coaching staff," said Allardyce, who revealed that Sammy Lee, an assistant to him at Bolton and who has previous England experience under Sven-Goran Eriksson, would be part of his backroom staff.