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Jack Wilshere "happy" with Sam Allardyce appointment

England and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere backs the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager of the national team.

England midfielder Jack Wilshere has backed the decision to appoint Sam Allardyce as the new manager of the national team.

The 61-year-old was named as Roy Hodgson's successor last month, 10 years after being overlooked for the role in favour of Steve McClaren.

Wilshere is looking forward to playing under the former Sunderland boss, and believes that the Football Association made the right decision in sticking with an English manager.

"I'm happy with him, I think it's important that the England manager is English. I have worked under Fabio Capello and Hodgson, and they were both great, but I think it's important that [the manager] is English and he shares the same passion as all of us," he is quoted as saying by talkSPORT.

"He knows what playing for England is all about, and I'm looking forward, if selected, to working with him. Watching [Allardyce's] teams when I was growing up and over the last few years, one thing that stands out is that they are organised. People talk about his style of play, but I think he does what it takes to win games.

"I think we need that with England as well, because every game you play at international level is different, you play against different teams, some teams that pass the ball, some teams that are more direct. You look at what he did with Sunderland and what he has done at other clubs, he knows what it takes to get the result, and I think that will be a positive thing for us."

Wilshere has won 34 caps for England, scoring two goals.

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Jack Wilshere in action during an England training session on May 25, 2016
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