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Steve McClaren could manage England again - Brooking

Steve McClaren
McClaren's Wolfsburg side have had a mixed start to the season

Steve McClaren could manage the England national team again, according to the Football Association's director of football development Trevor Brooking.

McClaren was in charge of England for 17 months before being sacked after failing to qualify for Euro 2008.

But, he has since led FC Twente to the Dutch title and now manages Wolfsburg.

"Could Steve do the England job again? I am sure if he continues to be a success his name will be in the frame again," said Brooking.

"If you think he will be a lot more experienced this time around and he has learnt his lesson, then why not?

"I wouldn't rule out anyone. I think it would be very unfair to do that."

Current England manager Fabio Capello has said he will quit the role after Euro 2012 if the national team qualify for the tournament.

And a host of managers including Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, Blackburn's Sam Allardyce, Sunderland's Steve Bruce, Roy Hodgson at Liverpool and Martin O'Neill have been linked with succeeding the Italian.


Former Middlesbrough boss McClaren's name can now be added to any list of possible contenders, with his experience of managing abroad seeming to be being in his favour.

McClaren led FC Twente to their first Eredivisie league title last season and took over at Wolfsburg in the summer, with the German club eighth in the Bundesliga at present.

"Steve has done fantastic to get a title [with FC Twente]," added Brooking. "PSV and Ajax are usually the sides in Holland who do that and now Wolfsburg are picking up.

"It is a big challenge and it is great for an English coach. Terry Venables went abroad and did well, but Sir Bobby Robson was the one manager who went to three countries and was a massive success.

"We have to try and get more English coaches doing that. Sometimes we are a bit lazy with our language. I am watching other coaches and there are people speaking four or five different languages.

"We have to encourage our coaches to do that so that they go abroad and get that experience if they can. They have to do it on merit and Steve has done well."

Brooking added that a bringing another English coach into the national team's set up would be looked at following Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro.

"We clearly stated that we would get the three qualifiers out of the way and then look at it to try and involve another English coach to give him experience," he said.

"Everyone talks about Stuart Pearce, who has been with the Under-21s for three years, but there is no automatic progression here.

"What we need is to learn off Fabio. We need to give some experience to English coaches."

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McClaren appointed Wolfsburg boss
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McClaren turns Dutch master
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McClaren haunted by England failure
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Capello confirms 2012 quit date
08 Sep 10 |  Football
Redknapp eyes England manager job
10 Sep 10 |  Football
Capello calls up striker Davies
04 Oct 10 |  Football

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