Mac: England back on track
07 Jun 2007 - 07:22:02
Steve McClaren is confident England's Euro 2008 qualification campaign is back on track following the comfortable 3-0 victory over Estonia.
Jole Cole scored a sensational first-half opener in Tallinn before the returning David Beckham took centre stage with two assists to set up further goals for Peter Crouch and Michael Owen.
England closed the gap to Group E leaders Croatia and Russia - who drew 0-0 in Zagreb - to leave the under-fire McClaren in buoyant mood.
He said: "It's in our hands now. This was a big result for us, we had to win it, won it comfortably and professionally and that puts us back in the group.
"Four of the last five games are at Wembley and we saw on Friday (in the 1-1 friendly draw with Brazil) what a great atmosphere and home it's going to be.
"But we have still got a lot to prove. We can't think we have turned the corner because we haven't yet."
Referring to the performance on the night, he added: "For the first 20 minutes we set about our task, won challenges and competed.
"Eventually we knew they'd tire and we'd open them up.
"We needed to score that first goal then the rewards were in the second half by getting two more.
"We've gained a lot over the last two-and-a-half weeks in the get-togethers and in the games that we've had.
"Friday gave us a confidence and a belief which we've shown tonight."