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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 September 2006, 18:51 GMT 19:51 UK
McClaren praises rampant England
England boss Steve McClaren
McClaren was delighted to see England firmly in control
England boss Steve McClaren believes his side passed their opening Euro 2008 qualifying test with flying colours with a 5-0 win against Andorra.

"They handled the game very very well, just what we asked of them," he told BBC Sport.

"It was always going to be a test for us - not the scoreline, not winning the game, but how we handled it.

"We controlled the tempo, were patient, and never got frustrated - despite some of the tackles."

McClaren watched in delight as his side followed up a 4-0 friendly win over Greece by going one better against an awful Andorra team at Old Trafford.

We scored at the right times and could have had more

Steve McClaren

Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch scored two goals each and Steven Gerrard blasted the other but the England boss was more pleased with the overall performance than the scoreline.

"It was just the general feeling of controlling the game through possession, creating enough chances, the substitutes making an impact and, of course, Defoe and Crouch, the main men, getting the goals.

"We scored at the right times and could have had more. They were good goals - good goals against any opposition - and when you play Andorra, you've got to do what you have to do."

Asked of Defoe and Crouch's promising strike partnership, McClaren added: "Well, you saw that, but Andy Johnson came on, looked very lively and created one or two chances.

"So the competition for places is there. There's always people breathing down your neck and we've got that in that squad."

Jermain Defoe
Defoe says he is over his World Cup setback

Defoe was also delighted as he capped his performance with a brace.

"I enjoyed it," he told BBC Sport. "It's been a long time coming to be honest.

"I think I did have something to prove. I'm back in the team, enjoying my training and was looking forward to the game.

"I got a little bit of stick from the boys saying I should have got three goals but I'm delighted to have got the two and we won."

Defoe was a disappointed onlooker watching England at the World Cup after being left out of previous manager Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad but he insists he has now put that setback behind him.

"When things like that happen you just have to move on and work hard. I've done that and I've got my reward.

"I felt a little bit tired towards the end. I've only played one game so far this season.

"It's still early days and, hopefully, I can go back to Tottenham, get in the team and score goals."

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