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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 April 2006, 15:47 GMT 16:47 UK
Super Mac!
Derek 'Robbo' Robson
By Derek 'Robbo' Robson
The Tees Mouth

Steve McClaren
We're this close to a trophy

Hello Robbo, what about Boro's heroics, then?

It was never in doubt. But I admit I'm grinning like a Cheshire cat. Two semi-finals, two finals coming up - I can't see us having any problem with the Happy Hammers or Steau Buc, Bucha...the Romanians.

The smog is clearing - rays of sunlight are lighting up parts of Middlesbrough that have never seen light before - it's magnificent!

Said in England writes in to say: Robbo, I cannot believe you didn't make much mention of the Uefa Cup game at the Riverside in your column! Were you so drunk at the end you completely forgot about that famous win?

I was very drunk afterwards, but the reason I didn't go into great detail about it is because there isn't enough space or memory on the computers of the world to contain the amount of adjectives I could use to describe that particular victory.

It was one of the greatest nights of me life. Getting married was a lovely day but it pales into insignificance compared to the manner in which we gave Basel the brush off.

It was magnificent - especially the way we gave them an early goal to lull them into a false sense of security. Clever tactics.

Sven-Goran Eriksson
Do we want another Sven?

Kenneth Onyekwe in Barbados says: Hi Robbo, after Boro's performances in reaching the two semi-finals, I must say Steve McClaren deserves to be England's next manager. His substitutions were bold and bore wonderful fruit. What do you think?

Well the great thing he's done is to bring these kids through, which he also did at Man U. To put your faith in youngsters like that is very admirable.

But I don't really think you can call bringing on another two strikers when you've got 45 minutes to get three goals a tactical masterstroke. What the hell else are you going to do?

Mind you, Sven would have pulled off Viduka and put Hargreaves on, but that's another matter.

McClaren has definitely put himself in the driving seat for the England job, which is a shame for us. If he did get the job I suppose England would have some continuity, but is that what we want?

I personally think we missed the boat with Hiddink and you can just see him bringing Russia through as a top side now.

Maybe once Macca's freed himself from the shackles of Sven we might see a whole different England.

You don't know, do you? England have been negative in the past when they've gone in front and McClaren hasn't always shown this attacking side where we're putting four past people every week.

I'm not sure he's got all the credentials but then there's not a lot of choice.

Wayne Rooney
Yes, a winner at last!

We've had a stack of emails supporting your plea to leave Wayne Rooney alone, including this from Adam in England, who says: Why is it before every major tournament the newspapers have to dig up dirt on our players to kill morale?

I've no idea, frankly. Rooney earns silly money, but if he wants to waste it down the bookies, then let him.

The only good thing about all this is that if these stories keep happening the England lads will get a bit of a bunker mentality going and win the World Cup so they can stick two fingers up the noses of the collective press. And I for one would be delighted.

You can bet Red Nev would be heavily involved in that.

He'd be at the front of the queue.

Next, Gary in the USA says: Now that Robbie Fowler is coming to the end of his 'pre-season training', looking fitter and sharper in every game, he has to be on the plane for Germany, doesn't he?

Well I don't think there's a seat on the plane big enough to house Robbie Fowler's backside.

You can't be serious, Gary! We can't be going back to Fowler now. I knew this would happen. Bloody Liverpool fans getting all sentimental and tearful about him.

Robbie Fowler
Will it be lift-off for Robbie?

All right, he's come back to Liverpool to look after his 16 rows of houses and he's scored a few goals. So what? Forget it.

So who would you take, Robbo?

I'd take Defoe. He's got masses of potential and you never know what he might do. Then I'd take Rooney, Owen if his foot's OK, Crouch because he's a nuisance and Bent probably.

Admittedly it looks a bit thin, but we're not taking Robbie, I'm sorry. In fact I'd rather take Teddy Sheringham.

OK, we're going to finish with cricket. Jim in the UK says: What's going on with Marcus Trescothick? I thought he'd gone home for 'family reasons' yet in a TV interview he said he'd picked up a virus!

I don't know what's going on, but if somebody says 'family reasons' to me it normally means they've had a bust-up with the missus. If someone in the pub says: "Do you want another one, Robbo?" and I say: "No, I'm going home for family reasons," they know the score.

I'm not saying that's the case with Trezza - maybe he picked up a virus off his family.

By the way, I notice Boycott's had a go at the one-day players for not getting up for it, but I think they play too much cricket and quite frankly I couldn't be bothered after playing time and time again in 108 degree heat.

Marcus Trescothick
What's going on with Tresco?

Test matches are what counts as far as England fans are concerned. If we win the World Cup, brilliant, but we don't care really. If we retained the Ashes in Australia, though, that's a different story.

The Aussies struggled to beat Bangladesh, didn't they?

I know, that was so disappointing and you almost knew it was going to happen. But to anyone who has said Bangladesh shouldn't be playing Test cricket..they bloody should now.

Indeed - disap-Ponting you might say! Anyway, enjoy the weekend.

I will - two cups eh - and just think a few years ago we didn't even have a saucer!

See you, Robbo.

Ta-ta, son.

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