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McClaren rocked by critics - Venables

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Terry Venables insists Steve McClaren has earned the right to remain as England coach even if his side fail to qualify for Euro 2008.

Assistant boss Venables claims the former Middlesbrough manager has been "rocked by the criticism" after defeat in Russia left England relying on Israel avoiding defeat against Guus Hiddink´s side to keep the dream alive of competing in Austria and Switzerland.

"Criticism goes with the territory," he said at the launch of the PFA´s Centenary Game. "That maybe hit him (McClaren). When things hit you like that, you are numbed, you are rocked."

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