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'Jealous' Sam Allardyce still hurting as Gareth Southgate leads England to Russia

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 13/06/2018 Christian Radnedge
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Former England manager Sam Allardyce believes he should still be leading the national team and says he is "extremely jealous" as his replacement Gareth Southgate heads to the World Cup in Russia.

Allardyce became England manager in July 2016 but was sacked by the FA after 67 days for behaving "inappropriately" when caught up in a newspaper sting.

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The 63-year-old, who was filmed allegedly offering advice on how to "get around" FA transfer rules, has told the BBC in a documentary to air later this week that the decision to sack him was made "very hastily".

BOLTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Former England manager Sam Allardyce leaves his family home on September 28, 2016 in Bolton, England. Allardyce left his position as the national football manager after only one match in charge following allegations made by a national newspaper. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images) © Catalyst BOLTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Former England manager Sam Allardyce leaves his family home on September 28, 2016 in Bolton, England. Allardyce left his position as the national football manager after only one match in charge following allegations made by a national newspaper. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

"Jealous is what I feel. Massively disappointed. That should be me there. Unfortunately because of the circumstances that wasn't the case," he added.

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"...If a bit more time was taken, a bit more patience, I believe I should still be the England manager."

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - JUNE 06:  Gareth Southgate Manager of England looks on during the England training session at St Georges Park on June 6, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) © Catalyst BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - JUNE 06: Gareth Southgate Manager of England looks on during the England training session at St Georges Park on June 6, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Southgate led England to the top of their World Cup qualifying group unbeaten and Allardyce gave his successor his full support.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11:  West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St James' Park on November 11, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images) © Catalyst NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St James' Park on November 11, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

"I've bounced back now - and while I will be extremely jealous I will be watching Gareth and the lads and hope they do extremely well," he said.

England begin their World Cup campaign against Group G opponents Tunisia on Monday, before taking on Panama and Belgium.

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