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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 March 2007, 11:22 GMT
Win it for McClaren, urges Jenas
By Chris Charles

Steve McClaren
McClaren has gone four games without a win
Jermaine Jenas is backing England to win their Euro double header and ease the pressure on manager Steve McClaren.

The Spurs midfielder believes McClaren has come in for some unwarranted flak and is confident he will return from Israel and Andorra with six points.

Jenas, who misses the crucial Euro 2008 qualifiers through injury, told BBC Sport: "We can definitely win them.

"Steve has the support of all the players and it would be nice if some of the press got behind him as well."

Anything away from home is always tough but the lads are confident of completing the task ahead

Jermaine Jenas

England have had a disappointing start to their qualifying campaign and go into Saturday's match against Israel lying third in their group.

But Jenas is convinced they will come good and clinch one of the two automatic spots up for grabs.

"The players know we need to win the next two games," he said.

"We've got to go to Israel and Andorra and neither of those are going to be easy matches. Anything away from home is always tough but the lads are confident of completing the task ahead.

"If you look at our squad we've got some fantastic players and although they're not going to be easy, we're more than capable of winning them both."

Jenas, who scored on his comeback for Tottenham against Watford last weekend after recovering from a groin problem, praised boss McClaren for not forgetting about him during his injury lay-off.

He said: "Steve gets on very well with all of the boys. He's come down to the Tottenham training ground a few times and talked to a lot of the lads and he's spoken to me personally when I've been injured.

"It's really nice to have a manager who goes out of his way to do that and I hope the team can repay him by coming away from these two games with six points."

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