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Boys rejected for England football coach job meet Allardyce

Allardyce and the boys Image copyright Christopher Lee/FA
Image caption The five schoolboys were rejected for the England manager role in favour of Sam Allardyce

Five schoolboys who applied to be the new managing team of the England football squad have met the man who pipped them to the job.

Sam Allardyce surprised the boys from Jersey when they were given a tour of Wembley Stadium.

Harlan Moss, aged 11, and Jonathan Trant, 10, said in their application they would give "100% effort" to coaching the team.

"They were all very knowledgeable about the game," Allardyce said.

The boys, from St George's Preparatory School, were allowed to quiz Allardyce on his new role after he made the surprise appearance when the boys were given a tour of his office.

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Image caption Allardyce said he was impressed by the boys' knowledge of the game
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Image caption The boys quizzed Allardyce on his new role as the England coach

"If they stay focused and keep working hard then you never know, they could be in my position in 30 years," Allardyce said.

The application was one of 700 submitted for the job, which became available after Roy Hodgson resigned following England's defeat by Iceland at Euro 2016.

In their letter, Harlan and Jonathan explained how they would act as joint coaches, with their friends James Douglas, Felix O-Connor and Bertie Cooke, all aged 10, taking on more specialist roles.

"My management team and I would absolutely love being the coaches for England," the letter read.

"We will promise you that we will give 100% effort, 100% getting the squad right and 100% commitment in getting our legends fully fit.

"I am confident in my coaching staff and we promise that we will do the best we can to bring success to English football," it finished.

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Image caption The boys received a surprise visit from Allardyce when they were on a tour of Wembley Stadium on 18 August

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