McClaren encouraged by Newcastle's Owen

England boss Steve McClaren was encouraged by Newcastle striker Michael Owen's performance in last night's 2-1 friendly defeat to Germany.

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McClaren said: "For Michael Owen that was his first start and against Germany at Wembley is a tough match to come into. In two or three weeks with games under his belt he will be sharper.

"That was an ideal game for us, tough and hard. For some of the players it was their fourth game in 10 days. I was delighted with the majority of the performance, we created chances. I was disappointed with the goals we conceded and disappointed that we didn't take more of the chances.

"We started the second half poorly and that's why we changed the front two. We livened things up and had a good spell but then we dipped again."

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