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Last Updated: Thursday November 22 2007 15:39 GMT

England boss is given the sack

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren has been booted out of his job as England manager after the team failed to qualify for the Euro 2008 tournament.

The Football Association made the decision at an emergency meeting on Thursday morning.

Assistant coach Terry Venables has also lost his job.

McClaren - who has been in the post for just 19 months and 18 games - said that losing the job was "the saddest day in my career".

His sacking comes after England failed to qualify for the summer's Euro 2008 tournament.

England needed a draw to get through, but lost 3-2 in a dramatic game against Croatia.

Northern Ireland are also out of the tournament. They had an outside chance of qualifying, if they won and Sweden lost against Latvia.

'Comes up short'

David Beckham
McClaren said: "It is a sad day to have been relieved of my duties but I understand the decision of the FA."

McClaren's failure to qualify for Euro 2008 cost him his job, said FA chief executive Brian Barwick.

He said: "In the end, not qualifying for Euro 2008 comes up short."

Short span

The former Middlesbrough boss took over from Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson after last year's World Cup finals in Germany where England reached the quarter-finals.

England's next competitive game will be a friendly against France at the Stade de France on 26 March.

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