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Tel admits England doubts

10 Dec 2006 - 14:28:20

England assistant-manager Terry Venables has revealed that he had reservations about becoming number two to Steve McClaren.

Venables, 63, managed England for two-and-a-half years in the late 1990s and was approached by McClaren to assist him with the national side when he replaced Sven Goran Eriksson after the World Cup.

"I told Steve from day one that I didn't think I could do the job because it was going to be very frustrating for me," Venables told the Mail on Sunday.

"I had been a decision-maker for 30 years. He said to give it a go.

"I will be happy to do that for a period of time to see if we do get on. Basically, that's where we are now."

Last month McClaren denied falling out with Venables after England's disappointing EURO 2008 qualifying defeat to Croatia when the pair gave conflicting reasons for the absence of Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing.

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