McClaren backs Hodgson to take England to World Cup
Former England manager Steve McClaren believes current national team boss Roy Hodgson can deliver qualification for next year’s World Cup in Brazil, the Daily Telegraph has reported.
McClaren was England boss for a little over a year, replacing Sven Goran-Eriksson after World Cup 2006 and leaving the post in November 2007, after England failed to qualify for the European Championships a year later.
Recently appointed to succeed Nigel Clough at Derby County, McClaren revealed he has great empathy with Hodgson in his attempts to handle the demands of the job, but is sure the former Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion boss can succeed in sending England to South America.
“ I don’t look at England at all nowadays - only with sympathy! It always comes down to the last few games needing to win them to go through,” McClaren said. “I think England will deliver. They have the players and the mentality, Roy knows how to organise them to get results and I can see no problem getting on the plane to Brazil.”
McClaren added that Hodgson’s experience of world football will be crucial - and gives him hope for the future - but that Hodgson is having to deal with the same problems that have faced every England manager of recent times.
“Roy’s been away, been around the world and Europe. He’s had his ups and downs so I hope I’ve got a few more years yet,” the former Middlesbrough boss said. “ But the problem has always been the same in recent years, there’s almost definitely a dearth in English talent. It’s there for everyone to see, you look at how the under-21s performed at this year’s tournament, and then the under -20s and 19s.”
McClaren was in charge of only 18 games as England manager, the fewest of any national team boss in the country’s history, as England failed to qualify for a major tournament for the first time since the 1994 World Cup.
The 52-year-old went on to enjoy success with FC Twente in Holland, winning the Eredivisie, before an aborted spell at Wolfsburg in Germany and a similarly truncated time at Nottingham Forest. Prior to his appointment at Derby, McClaren was working under Harry Redknapp as a coach at Queens Park Rangers.
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