McClaren looks to youth

13 October 2006 12:13
England coach Steve McClaren has admitted he is looking to freshen up his mis-firing squad by drafting in players from the under-21s following the Euro 2008 qualifying defeat to Croatia. McClaren has faced a barrage of criticism after England picked up just one point from their last two Euro 2008 qualifiers, but with two friendlies before their next Group E match in Israel, the coach is hinting at changes. "There are players in the under-21s knocking on the door, we will be looking at them very, very closely." said McClaren. "We will use the two friendlies effectively and maybe our approach will be different in some respects." "You have to get the right people on the bus going in the same direction and that's staff and players. "We have to look at the young talent coming through and there's a lot of it. "Getting them as a team is the biggest thing. We talked about playing as a cohesive team and we haven't achieved that yet." Meanwhile, McClaren has cancelled a fact-finding trip to Seattle in favour of watching Premiership players.

Source: ESA