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Allardyce steered Sunderland to Premier League safety last season

Sunderland have given the Football Association (FA) permission to speak to their manager Sam Allardyce about the position of England boss.

But the Premier League club say they want Allardyce to stay, insisting he is “very much key to our plans”.

Sunderland claim speculation about Allardyce has been “extremely damaging” and have urged the FA to “bring about a swift resolution to the matter”.

England are searching for a new boss after Roy Hodgson quit on 28 June.

He resigned after the national team were knocked out of Euro 2016 at the last-16 stage by Iceland.

Photographs that appeared to show Allardyce, 61, at the home of FA vice-chairman David Gill were published in the media