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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 October 2006, 18:39 GMT 19:39 UK
BBC pundits on England

Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer
Former England striker and Match of the Day summariser

England didn't show enough and there was just not enough of a spark and in games like this you look for someone to do something different.

Not every game is going to go perfectly, like the first three under Steve McClaren, and when it is tight you are just looking for that bit of magic.

No-one ran at players until Shaun Wright-Phillips came on. He opened it up and had a go at them.

Questions will be asked but this is not a disaster. As a player, if you have a poor result, you want a game to come quickly, to put it right and England have that on Wednesday.

It's a blip and McClaren's first blip but they'll go back to the training ground and work on some things.

It was just one of those days. England didn't play well but they created enough chances in the second half to win the game.

Everyone has their bad spells and it just happens to be Wayne Rooney's bad spell at the moment.

Alan Hansen
Alan Hansen
BBC Sport football expert and Match of the Day summariser

Macedonia played well and had the better chances and with a little more composure they could have scored and you have to give them credit.

England, in contrast, played poorly and never controlled the game.They looked devoid of structure and shape and it tells you something when your best player is Ledley King.

His positional play was outstanding and he showed again that he is a magnificent centre-back.

Shaun Wright-Phillips did well when he came on. He looked lively and bright but Stewart Downing looked somewhere short, along with Wayne Rooney, and it's hard when you have too many players struggling for form.

But England will now go to Croatia and if they get a result there this game will be forgotten. They will have to play better, but they can.

Ian Wright
Ian Wright
Former England striker and Match of the Day summariser

Macedonia came here, held it and frustrated us.

But with the quality we have we should be really going at them, getting in the box. You hope the quality will come through but it didn't happen.

You need people to have confidence and go at players and we didn't do that.

Towards the end there were a couple of chances where Crouch could have put people in but maybe because he's got 11 goals in 12 games maybe he wanted to keep that going.

Macedonia were really comfortable going forward and we were a bit fortunate at times.

But we should have beaten them with the quality we have in the side and we've now to go to Croatia which will be difficult. Hopefully this will spur them on.



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