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What Steve McLaren should have told the Times

By David Herman  

In today’s Times, Steve McLaren gave his first newspaper interview since he was sacked. Typically, he made a mess of it. But before his reputation is finally fixed in stone for the history books, let’s have one last stab at rescuing it. Everyone now knows he was the worst England manager ever, but everyone is not always fair, let alone right.

McLaren was unlucky in four respects. First, with injuries. England played Croatia at Wembley with virtually a reserve side. In particular, they played without their first choice back four (Neville, Terry and Cole were all injured, Ferdinand was suspended),…

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