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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 March 2007, 21:29 GMT
Poor England frustrate McClaren
England coach Steve McClaren
McClaren's side have failed to win in five games
England coach Steve McClaren admitted he was left disappointed and frustrated after they were held to a goalless draw in the Euro 2008 qualifier in Israel.

The under-fire England boss said: "To dominate the game and have the chances we did and not score was disappointing and not good enough.

"We should have won the game. It is two points dropped.

"We need to regroup and make sure we collect three points on Wednesday but there are still plenty of games to go."

With Russia and Croatia both winning on Saturday, England find themselves well adrift of the top two in the group.

England, who play Andorra on Wednesday, have now failed to score in their last three qualifiers and rarely looked like ending their run in Tel Aviv.

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McClaren added: "It is a concern, it is a worry. I would be more concerned if we weren't creating chances but at this level you have to score goals.

"We have got players who can score goals. They packed the defence and it was always going to be hard.

"We have to be ruthless in front of goal and we weren't ruthless enough.

"Either it didn't fall for us or it was poor quality or poor decision-making."

Midfielder Steven Gerrard admits England must be more clinical in front of goal if they are to revive their hopes of qualifying for the European Championships.

He said: "The manager wanted three points and we delivered the clean sheet but we haven't been clinical enough in front of goal.

We have still got a great chance of qualifying but we have definitely got to improve in the final third
Steven Gerrard

"If you don't take your half chances at this level, you don't deserve to win.

"It feels like a defeat. It's hard to put your finger on why we are not scoring. You see our players, not just the strikers but the midfielders, banging in goals week in and week out at club level.

"But in the last four or five internationals, we've struggled in front of goal. You can't just blame the strikers. You've got to blame the six or seven players in the final third.

"The surface was excellent but the dry surface made it difficult to pass the ball at a high tempo. When that is the case, it is difficult to break sides down.

"We are happy with the clean sheet. We limited them to few chances on goal but we need to be better in the final third ourselves."

England fans made their feelings clear but Gerrard added: "The fans are disappointed. We can't get away from that. We've got to take that on the chin and use it to try and drive us on in the next game against Andorra.

"It is frustrating to hear it. It is not helping us - but it is understandable."

Gerrard remains optimistic that England can qualify for Austria and Switzerland despite having taken only two points from the last three matches.

He added: "As one of the more experienced players in the squad I've got to try and be positive. I'm not going to give up now.

"It would be silly of me to say we are not going to qualify. We have still got a great chance of qualifying but we have definitely got to improve in the final third."



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