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Estonia 0-3 England
Wednesday, 6 June 2007




England coach Steve McClaren
McClaren bought himself some more time in Tallinn
England coach Steve McClaren believes his team's Euro 2008 qualifying campaign is back on track after their comfortable victory in Estonia.

"We have five games left and four of them are at Wembley," said McClaren, who saw some of the pressure eased on him with a 3-0 win in Tallinn.

"We've already shown that Wembley can be a fortress.

"We have looked a team over the last few performances. It's in our hands - if we win our games we'll qualify."

England closed the gap on Group E rivals Croatia and Russia, who drew 0-0 in Zagreb.

Croatia lead the group with 17 points from their seven fixtures, while England, who have yet to play Slaven Bilic's team at Wembley, are three points behind.

We competed and we knew eventually Estonia would tire but they kept going to the end

Steve McClaren

Goals from Joe Cole, Peter Crouch and Michael Owen earned a vital victory against a determined Estonia side.

"We knew before the game it was going to be tough - we warned the players and warned the people," added McClaren, whose side drew at home to Brazil in their first game at Wembley on Friday.

"Estonia kept going to the end, even when they were 3-0 down. They have great spirit.

"We competed and we knew eventually they would tire. We got that first goal and then the rewards came in the second half.

"We've gained a lot over the last two and a half weeks. Friday gave us a lot of confidence and belief which we showed against Estonia."

The under-pressure England coach was delighted with the performances of the returning David Beckham and Michael Owen.

Beckham set up two of the three goals with right-wing crosses.

"David Beckham knows how to play that position," he said. "He knows when to come inside and when to go wide.

"The players were fantastic - they found him and his delivery in that position is second to none."

Beckham looked to have picked up a knock in the first half but insisted on carrying on before being substituted after the third goal.

The coach said: "He wants to stay on and finish games. He's the only one who has games coming up but he did the job for us."

McClaren refused to say whether Beckham had done enough to secure his place in the squad, saying: "We'll see when the next squad is announced. He answered everyone with his performance on the field."

Owen scored his first goal for England since returning from a long injury lay-off.

McClaren said: "I'm pleased for him getting that goal. His work-rate was phenomenal, he was dropping into midfield, he looked sharp and he just needed a goal and I'm glad he got that."



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