New England football team manager Sam Allardyce holds up an England scarf during a photocall at St George's Park, near Burton-on-Trent, central England, on July 25, 2016. AFP / OLI SCARFF
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New England manager Sam Allardyce vowed Monday to break the psychological barrier hindering the performance of the country's big-name players at international level.Allardyce also revealed he has not yet made a decision on who will captain England, which leaves the Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney – heavily criticized for his performances at Euro 2016 – sweating on whether he will retain the armband.It is anticipated that Allardyce, a former manager of many clubs including Bolton, Newcastle, West Ham and most recently Sunderland, will not make a call on Rooney's captaincy until the players join up for the World Cup qualifier with Slovakia on Sept. 4 .Allardyce, who guided Sunderland to Premier League safety last season having taken over with them in a desperate position, has never won a major trophy and acknowledged the England job is the "biggest challenge" of his managerial career.Jose Mourinho famously once described Allardyce's football as "19th century".
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