England manager Sam Allardyce says his new job will be the “greatest challenge” of his career.
In his first news conference since taking charge of the national side, Allardyce said “man management” was his “biggest asset”.
Allardyce, who helped save Sunderland from Premier League relegation last season, succeeds Roy Hodgson after a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign.
Sammy Lee, Allardyce’s assistant at Bolton, joins the England staff.
“This will be the greatest challenge for me in my long career and hopefully I will be as successful as I have in the rest of my career,” Allardyce said.
Allardyce also said he would not make a decision on Wayne Rooney’s captaincy until he has met the players and staff.
The former Newcastle, Blackburn and West Ham boss also spoke about:
Managing world class players despite not winning a major trophy
Calling for a mid-season break
His “pragmatic” style of management and style of play
Players making their potential a reality
Allardyce on achievements
“I have managed some world class players. Fernando Hierro, Youri Djorkaeff, Jay Jay Okocha, Gary Speed, Nicolas Anelka and Michael Owen. I have managed some talented players; the good thing about that is they make your life easier, they know what you want.
“Working with the England elite players will be very exciting for me because they will take on board ideas very quickly.
“In terms of winning no trophies or cups, unfortunately, as an English manager I never got to go right to the top of the Premier League.
“I saved clubs and never got relegated, and they are not the same as winning the FA Cup or League Cup, but they are big achievements.”
Allardyce on what is holding England back
“No midseason break. I have been an advocate of that for 10 years or more. The demand on players is enormous.
“The Premier League is the best league in world so demand has to be on the players. It would help the Premier League and us at international level if we could try and achieve it.
“In my time when we finish at Christmas, in January and February it is always the most difficult time to get players through.”
Allardyce on one up front
“I think choosing styles of systems depends on the players available and who we are playing. My coaching technique is to try to give players the opportunity to win football matches, home or away, and make them aware of the opposition.
“I think the bonding of the team is exceptionally important and trying to create that team spirit and have some fun. I have enjoyed my life in the game, this job is the pinnacle and I want to enjoy this the most.
“My style of play has always been a tag for me that I can’t shake off but I played with Jermain Defoe down the middle on his own last year so it cannot be really associated with me after that.
“Working on people’s strengths is the main factor. People said Defoe cannot play up front on his own but that is what he did all last season and scored 18 goals.”
Allardyce on players standing up
“It is not potential anymore, it has to be reality and they have to stand up and be counted. The young players have a lot of experience now and some has been bitter. They don’t want to feel like that again.
“Potential is not a word I want to use, you want the quality player to produce his best performances immediately. This squad of players is very experienced and going forward hopefully will produce better.”
The pre-season game between Manchester United and Manchester City in China on Monday is off because heavy rain has left the pitch in Beijing unplayable.
The Bird’s Nest pitch was described as “bad” by United boss Jose Mourinho on Sunday, while City’s Pep Guardiola said he hoped there would be no injuries.
Both City and United said “tournament organisers and clubs” decided to cancel the match at the 2008 Olympic Stadium.
Organisers later said the match will not be rearranged.
The first meeting of the respective managers in a Manchester derby since taking charge will now take place on 10 September in the Premier League.
Rain had fallen overnight in Beijing and there were forecasts of more heavy rain on Monday.
The clubs’ planned training sessions were switched away from the stadium on Sunday to the Olympic Sports Centre, about a mile away.
“The cancellation was made in the interest of player safety and comes following extreme weather events in Beijing over a multiple day period, that have left the playing surface in a condition deemed to be unfit for play,” a statement said.
“The conditions experienced in Beijing on 19 July and 20 July were reported as being some of the most extreme weather conditions the capital of China has experienced in recent history.”
Beijing’s average rainfall figure across 48 hours last week was 212mm, the heaviest of the year.
By comparison, December’s Storm Desmond saw more than 300mm land on Cumbria over two days – breaking existing UK rainfall records.
Because the game has been cancelled there will not be enough matches played in the tournament for there to be a winner of the 2016 International Champions Cup.
The cancellation capped a chaotic 24 hours for the Red Devils. Manager Mourinho’s planned news conference had to be scrapped as too many people tried to get into a room which was deemed too small and too hot.
And a plane carrying some of the players had to make an unscheduled stop in Tianjin, about 160km (99.4 miles) from Beijing, as storms hit the Chinese capital.
United will leave Beijing to return to Manchester later on Monday as planned, while City are due to fly to Shenzhen on Tuesday for Thursday’s game against Borussia Dortmund.
Floods in north and central China have killed at least 150 people with scores missing and hundreds of thousands forced from homes.
BBC Sport’s Simon Stone in China:
Former manager Louis van Gaal was responsible for cutting Manchester United’s pre-season tour to two games – and successor Jose Mourinho is probably disappointed he did not manage to scrap it completely.
To say things have not gone to plan for United in China over the past week is putting it mildly.
From being delayed coming through immigration on their arrival in Shanghai on Wednesday, to the cancellation of the Manchester derby against City today, it has been one thing after another.
The police were responsible for taking the squad to a back entrance of their hotel on that first day, so they did not see all the fans who had turned up to greet them.
On Friday they were beaten 4-1 by Borussia Dortmund. On Saturday, half their team were diverted to Tianjin due to the storms affecting Beijing. They eventually reached the team hotel at 1am.
Sunday saw a planned pre-match training session at the Bird’s Nest Stadium moved to the Olympic Sports Centre about a mile away.
And now today. You have to feel for executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who made the 10,000 mile round trip for little more than a meeting with Mourinho and co-chairman Joel and Avie Glazer, given he did not arrive until Sunday night.
United will get back to Manchester on Tuesday and continue their pre-season preparations against Galatasaray in Gothenburg on Saturday.
That game could mark a debut for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has still to be introduced to the media.
In the meantime, the wait to seal the world record transfer of Paul Pogba goes on.