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Big Sam... on how he has found his first month in charge

It's been a quick month. It's been about the backroom staff, our new infrastructure that comes to work from this facility.

I am trying to change the facility a little bit to make it a bit more about us than the general public who come here as well.

I have been interested in listening to the groundsman up, and I know the lads I have picked mean I can do the job as quickly as I would in the Premier League.

On who England's 
next captain will be

You will know about the captain next week, by Tuesday or Wednesday so you will know 
who is going to be captain.

I have decided, but I am not telling you just yet.

On how important it is that goalkeeper Joe Hart earns back his place at Manchester City

Eventually, in the end, it's critical. If it's a short period of time, maybe not.

Then they come back in the team and everything goes fine.

If it goes for a longer period of time, then I think it's difficult then to select them. So it is a concern.

On whether he knows the 
team he will name for his 
first game in charge

No, I know the basis of it, but I don't know the team. I don't know it all just yet.

There're other people to consider as well as the squad that went to the European Championship.

There're other people who have started this season who were not in the Euros squad that we've got to consider as well.

On a possible international 
recall for Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe

He is someone I could look at, but that depends on the form of all the other lads who are up there, there's (Daniel) Sturridge, (Jamie) Vardy, Harry Kane.

Wayne Rooney can still play up front if you wanted him to.

Jermain Defoe is not out of the question, I won't say that but whether I do that or not will depend on which other players 
are available... who knows?

He would love to come - because he's already told me!

On Wayne Rooney's best position

I think his best position is where he's being played now because that's the manager of Manchester United telling him where he wants him to play with Zlatan (Ibrahimovic).

I think he's started well, the team have started well, so that breeds confidence into any Man United player who is selected to 
come with us. - PA Sport.

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