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England boss McClaren: I'm right man in charge

England boss Steve McClaren insists he's the right man for the job.

He told the Sunday Express: "I'll deal with the situation the way I deal with everything else. It's a big job, it's a high-pressure job and I feel whatever has come my way I have handled and we've come through it.

"The players and the fans all want to achieve, and it's my job to make sure we do. I'm not even thinking about losing my job - let's wait until 12 games are over. I can't fault the players - the spirit has been magnificent all the way through and that includes in Russia. It was always over 12 games and it still is.

"What disappoints me - and everyone else - is that through our performances we put ourselves into a great position and that's now been taken away from us. Did Russia win the game or was it more a case of England losing it? It was a combination of both. I'll reflect and I very rarely make snap decisions and a snap analysis.

"But we do talk about the mental side of things, about our approach, and ask: Can we handle certain situations? That will be looked at again. There are no plans until you actually qualify. I won't make plans now and I won't make plans until we actually do.

"It's out of my hands and we have to hope Israel do us a favour. We aren't even thinking about players who might not see another major tournament.

"If it's 12 games gone and you are out, then you can. It's for other people to decide whether I've grown into the job, but I enjoy it and they are a great set of players to work with.

"The excellent spirit we have has built up with momentum. Unfortunately, we've lost that momentum in Moscow. "But I wouldn't say it was a disastrous second half. We were in control and I didn't think they were going to score."

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