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Arsenal boss Wenger: England can make Euro2008

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes England can still qualify for Euro 2008 despite progression to next summer's finals now being out of their hands.

The Frenchman claims Russia could slip up against Israel in Tel Aviv on Saturday which would throw Group E wide open and boost England's chances of securing their place in the finals in Austria & Switzerland.

"I am positive for England, because I feel it is difficult (for Russia) to win in Israel," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online.

"Overall I hope it will go well for England, because I know the discussion which will come out if it does not go well is always the same.

"I feel England have quality and I hope they will go to the European Championship."

However, Wenger believes England's potential failure to reach a major competition for the first time since 1994 could end up being a blessing in disguise.

"It would, of course, be a massive blow if they did not make it," he added. "But it happened to France in 1994 - they did not go to the World Cup and then won the World Cup in 1998.

"So it would be a massive disappointment, but football will go on.

"Here even the day after a big disappointment, there is always hope for the future, that England can win the next competition.

"That is for me the biggest charm in this country."

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