England the laughing stock of world football

Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce’s reign is the shortest of any full-time England manager

England are the “laughing stock of world football” following manager Sam Allardyce’s departure after only 67 days, says former captain Alan Shearer.

It follows a newspaper investigation claiming Allardyce offered advice on how to “get around” rules on transfers.

“I’m angry, I’m sad, I’m staggered at the misjudgement from a guy who said this was his dream job,” the ex-England striker told BBC Radio 5 live.

“It’s incredible and a catastrophic misjudgement by Sam and his advisers.”

Allardyce replaced former manager Roy Hodgson after England were knocked out of Euro 2016 at the last-16 stage by minnows Iceland.

Shearer, who scored 30 goals in 63 caps, said: “I’m angry at the whole situation.

“I didn’t think England could stoop any lower from what happened in the summer at the Euros. Now here we are, a laughing stock of world football.

“It looks a poisoned chalice. All those managers that have left for right or wrong reasons. It’s a very, very difficult job – some would say the impossible job.”

Another former England captain, Rio Ferdinand, told BT Sport: “The England role has become comical.

“This was a man who was passionate about getting the job. He forced the FA to act. Naivety seems to be the word coming up. It’s disappointing for English football.”

Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage added: “I’ve got a little bit of sympathy for him, but he gave the FA no choice.

“England are a bit of shambles. First the Euros, now this. He will be devastated.”

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‘We are in trouble’

Daily Telegraph chief football writer Sam Wallace: “The chief public face of the FA is running the England team, but they still remain the moral arbiter in the sport. You never know what is going to get thrown at the FA – be it racist or homophobic tweets, Luis Suarez biting case – and they have to be whiter and whiter.

England Fans FC manager Garford Beck: “I am one of those who travels all over the world and I am feeling let down. One match into the World Cup qualification and we are in trouble.”

Independent chief sportswriter Ian Herbert: “The sums of money and avarice of it all is sickening. You look at the gulf in class between some of the top managers in the Premier League – the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp – and the sheer bare-faced grubbiness to it is just shocking.”

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