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England Throw Out 4,000 Allardyce T-shirts

The FA have had to throw away 4,000 T-shirts they planned to give to fans for England’s game against Malta because they have a quote from Sam Allardyce on the front.

Allardyce, 61, was preparing for his first Wembley fixture as England’s boss on October 8 but lost his job this week after an undercover newspaper sting.

The FA wanted to mark the World Cup qualifier by giving away T-shirts printed with the slogan: ‘The journey starts with us all pulling together’ — something Allardyce said on the day he was appointed.

A crowd mosaic of coloured cards has also been pulled.

Scrapping the T-shirts and mosaic leaves the FA £25,000 out of pocket.

There was room for further embarrassment for the FA on Thursday night after it emerged England’s players also received postcards from their former manager – sent the day he was sacked – that read: ‘Our journey has begun. Looking forward to seeing you soon.’

Allardyce was caught on film using his position to negotiate a £400,000 deal with Far East businessmen, who were actually Daily Telegraph reporters.

He also offered them advice on how to get round FA transfer rules on third-party ownership.

That, as well as mocking former England manager Hodgson’s speech, saw him dumped by the FA on Tuesday.


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