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Abject England fail to qualify
Scott Carson spills Nico Kranjcar's shot (top left), Peter Crouch scores the England's equaliser (bottom left), England manager Steve McClaren (right)
England 2-3 Croatia
From the moment Scott Carson allowed Nico Kranjcar's 30-yard dipping shot to escape his grasp in the eighth minute, the writing was on the wall for Steve McClaren.

Eduardo then played in Ivica Olic to put Croatia 2-0 up inside 15 minutes and England's hopes were floundering in the Wembley mud.

Frank Lampard's penalty and Peter Crouch's wonderful goal pulled England level and Euro 2008 qualification was back on, but Mladen Petric delivered a 25-yard hammer blow.

McClaren pays for the failure to qualify with his job and the search begins for England's next manager.



see also
McClaren sacked as England coach
22 Nov 07 |  Internationals
Beckham dismisses retirement talk
21 Nov 07 |  Internationals
England player tracking
21 Nov 07 |  Internationals
England 2-3 Croatia
21 Nov 07 |  Internationals
Bent drafted in for Croatia clash
18 Nov 07 |  Internationals
Pick your England XI
31 Aug 07 |  Internationals
England gifted lifeline by Israel
17 Nov 07 |  Internationals

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