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Last Updated: Friday, 11 August 2006, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
Venables named England assistant
Terry Venables (left) and Steve McClaren
McClaren (right) will be aiming to utilise Venables' experience
Terry Venables has been unveiled as assistant manager to England head coach Steve McClaren.

Venables, 63, was England coach between 1994 and 1996 and he was keen to get on board to help McClaren's "evolution".

"I feel wonderful to be involved again," said Venables. "It is a great privilege. I was asked and I was very interested from the word go.

He added: "I am not looking to be a rival. I am looking to help Steve. We will get the balance right."

Venables insists he will provide McClaren with the benefit of his knowledge but that the England boss will have the final decision.

"I will give him my feelings straight out and then it's up to him to come up the answers. He's the head coach," said Venables.

McClaren is fully aware one of the main strengths of Venables is his tactical know-how and he is aiming to draw on that as much as possible to lead England to success.

"To help the team win it helps to have good people around you," he said.

"I wanted to pick someone who is tactically astute, knows football inside out and can give the best advice.

"I wanted him to be experienced at this level and someone the players can learn from and respect. I am delighted to get Terry Venables."

Middlesbrough first-team coach Steve Round, who worked with McClaren at the Riverside, will also join the new-look England staff on an informal basis.

Round is staying in his full-time role at Boro but will join up with England for individual games.

"I'm delighted to be given the role," Round told Middlesbrough's website.

"It's a great honour and I'm thoroughly looking forward to it. My role is to be assistant coach to help the manager support the players in any way possible. This will include warm-ups, cool-downs and extra work with certain individuals.

"I'll be looking at a lot of video analysis and evaluation of the opposition that we'll be coming to play against. Terry Venables will also have some aspects that he will want me to cover.

"It will not detract from my responsibilities here in the slightest. In fact I believe it will help Boro.

"If I can improve myself working with the best coaches and the best players, it will improve me as an individual. That can only benefit Boro in the long run."

Middlesbrough's assistant manager Bill Beswick will also join up with McClaren's England for matches, as a psychologist.

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