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England coach Sam Allardyce: I'll be nervous

England coach Sam Allardyce expects to be nervous for his first game in charge on Sunday.

Allardyce will fulfil a life's ambition by managing the Three Lions in Sunday's World Cup qualifier at Trnava's City Arena against Slovakia and he admits he may be affected by a touch of anxiety as he makes his final preparations.

"I think there'll be nerves, yeah," he said on the eve of the biggest match of his career.

"I think in every new job you get you're nervous. But you're hoping the players will do the talking for you, that when they walk over that white line they'll deliver what we all want and that's the victory.

"I'll be very nervous in the early part, the build-up, but once the game starts that leaves me and the focus on the match comes in. I don't hear the crowd around me, I just see how team is doing and what I need to communicate."

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