Leicester City assistant manager Craig Shakespeare appointed England first-team Coach

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Leicester City assistant manager Craig Shakespeare has been appointed England first-team coach, to work alongside new boss Sam Allardyce.

Shakespeare will work with England manager Sam Allardyce and his assistant Sammy Lee as they begin preparations for the start of the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign.

Shakespeare, who recently signed a new contract with Leicester, will continue to perform the same duties for the Premier League champions.

“This is a huge honour for me. Anyone involved in football knows that representing your country is something special and this caps off a brilliant year,” Shakespeare said.

“Leicester have been really good to me and I am sure the international experience I get from being alongside Sam and Sammy will add to my work at the club.

“We will have an elite group of players and a great facility in St George’s Park. I can’t wait to get started.”

Allardyce, who had already brought in Sammy Lee as his assistant, added: “Craig will be a tremendous asset to England, and I am grateful to Leicester for their help in making this happen.

“Sammy and I know him well and he will bring his own insight to what we are trying to do with the squad. Players respect him and his achievement this past season means we will be getting someone who has a strong winning mentality.”

England begin their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign against Slovakia on September 4.

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