Sam Allardyce: Entertainment world reacts to appointment of new England manager

James Corden, Jack Whitehall and Piers Morgan have all hailed Big Sam's appointment

James Corden, Jack Whitehall and Piers Morgan are among the well-known football fans who have hailed Sam Allardyce’s appointment as England manager.

The Football Association announced today (July 22) that 61-year-old Allardyce has signed an initial two-year contract to steer the national side, taking over from Roy Hodgson, who stepped down after England’s disappointing performance at this summer’s European Championship.

Allardyce, popularly known as “Big Sam”, said in a statement that he is “extremely honoured” to be taking on the role, vowing, “I will do everything I can to help England do well and give our nation the success our fans deserve. Above all, we have to make the people and the whole country proud.”

“I know we have talented, committed players and it is time for us to deliver,” added Allardyce, who takes over the England team after a spell at the helm of Sunderland F.C.

Wriring on Twitter, Corden predicted that Allardyce will be “a brilliant England manager”, while Whitehall said “players will run through walls for” him.

Gary Lineker, who scored 48 goals for England’s national team between 1984 and 1992, wrote: “Sam Allardyce is the new England manager. Wish him the very best. It’s not the impossible job it’s said to be, as I hope big Sam proves.” Check out a selection of reactions to Allardyce’s appointment below.