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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 March 2007, 09:56 GMT 10:56 UK
McClaren appeals to England fans
England coach Steve McClaren
A stern-faced McClaren watches his team defeat Andorra
England coach Steve McClaren pleaded with the team's fans to get behind the players after their win over Andorra.

The match was goalless at half-time and the England team were subjected to constant booing from their fans.

"What I say to the fans is stick with the players, they are giving it their all and they are out there doing it," said McClaren.

The England coach walked out of the post-match news conference, telling the media they could write what they liked.

"Gentlemen, if you want to write whatever you want to write, you can write it because that is all I am going to say. Thank you," said McClaren.

"Nothing concerns me about what people write or say. What matters is what is on the inside."

The booing or the McClaren chants are not helping the players

England skipper John Terry

Despite cutting short his interviews with the written press, the England coach did conduct several radio and television interviews.

"We came here to win a football match and we have won it. In the end it was comfortable," he added of the 3-0 win.

McClaren said that he could understand why the fans were unhappy, with the win over minnows Andorra following Saturday's goalless draw in Israel.

"I can understand the frustration and the disappointment against Israel but we didn't lose and we came here and got three points," said the coach.

"It is still in our hands, there is a long way to go, there is work to do."

England skipper John Terry pleaded with their fans to save their criticism until the full-time whistle.


"The fans had their opinions during the game which isn't nice for the players to hear," said Terry.

"They are entitled to their opinion but for the players' and England's sake it is best kept until after the game.

"The booing or the McClaren chants are not helping the players."

Gerrard scored England's first two goals, with David Nugent on his debut scoring the third.

And McClaren was quick to acknowledge the impact made by Liverpool midfielder Gerrard.

Steven Gerrard in action for England
The fans were on us quite early and we found it difficult to break Andorra down

Steven Gerrard

"The first-half was difficult - the conditions, they had 11 men behind the ball and we lacked confidence," added McClaren.

"At half-time we said they have to show guts and character both on and off the field but they coped with it and Steven Gerrard really stepped forward.

"All the players did that. I am proud of the way they've done it."

Gerrard admitted that despite the modest opponents the match had been one of the most difficult he had played for England.

"The first-half was one of the most difficult 45 minutes for England," said Gerrard. "There has been a lot of pressure.

"The fans were on us quite early and we found it difficult to break Andorra down.

"We knew that eventually if we were patient it would come and we could have scored four or five.

"At half-time at 0-0 we had to show a lot of character. The fans have got to be pleased with the second-half performance."

Andorra coach David Rodrigo said that Gerrard and Aaron Lennon were the only threats to his team.

"As time went on, England became frustrated and that helped us as we were finding it easier to defend against them," said Rodrigo.

"We played well and made it difficult for England, but in the end we were very tired.

"I think the difference in the fitness levels between the two teams showed and it came down to Gerrard, who was the best player on the pitch.

"Apart from Gerrard and Lennon, none of the England players really caused us problems."

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