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Chelsea's Cole: England deserve qualification

Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole insists England deserve to qualify for Euro2008 given the way they've performed in the second-half of their campaign.

He said: "You make your own luck. You get what you deserve in football and I feel we deserve to be at the tournament next summer.

"We had a shaky start to our qualifying group and got some bad results but, given the form we are in at the moment, I believe we can go through now we've got another chance.

"I said before the Israel-Russia game that I believed we would still make it, that something would happen to put things back in our own hands - and it's happened."

Cole also revealed his support for Steve McClaren who looks certain to retain his post if England obtain a positive result against Croatia.

He said: "I am just right behind the manager. I think he is the best manager in England, the best English manager, and we are all right behind him."

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