It's hard to believe it's over seven years since that famous night at Wembley in which England's hopes of qualifying for Euro 2008 we officially dashed after a 3-2 home defeat to Croatia.
The man at the helm of the English national side that day, Steve McClaren, has since experienced a roller-coaster few years in which he has managed across Europe in an effort to improve his rapidly declining reputation.
Indeed, it's only since his most recent managerial job at championship side Derby County that McClaren has managed to rebuild that reputation and it's an incline that has since led him to be linked with many top flight jobs both in Britain and abroad.
Whilst McClaren certainly still has his critics, his recent journey definitely shouldn't be ignored. The latest club to be linked with the former Middlesbrough boss is Newcastle United. Here it will argued just how important it will be that Newcastle get their man.
It's certainly been a few up-and-down years at Newcastle United. Indeed it was only a couple of years ago that they ended the 2011/12 season in fifth place, before being within just one game of relegation the season after.
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So the opinion that stability is on the agenda at St James' Park is one that cant be debated. With Derby boss McClaren being the current bookies favourite he is without doubt the ideal man to take Newcastle to the place in which the fans demand.
At the grand age of 53 McClaren now has the experience which he perhaps lacked when taking the England hot-seat. It's his few years abroad in Holland and Germany that represent the exact reason why he is ideal for the Newcastle job.
McClaren is the only British manager of his experience that has managed to adapt his philosophy throughout his career to such a level that his current Derby side are regarded as one of the most attacking teams in the football league.
This undoubtedly has come as a result of his experiences abroad in which they have more of an emphasis on tactics than transfers, due to the Director of Football model that's applied in Europe.
This will come in handy at Newcastle as they have become to make moves towards this foreign approach. McClaren is also understood to have a good relationship with the man who currently controls transfer activity at Newcastle, Graham Carr. Thus, solving one of the problems which many foresaw.
McClaren is also experienced with selling his best players during his time at FC Twente. Here he was forced to part ways with top scorer Luuk De Jong for a fee of around £13 million.
Naturally, were he to get the job at Newcastle this is something he would have to endure, with the Tyneside club selling marquee players Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Mathieu Debuchy in recent years.
Indeed it is all these aspects, philosophy, transfers and experience that make him the ideal man to take charge of the Toon Army.
Match made in heaven
It can certainly be argued that McClaren still has his critics in the game. Many of these critics may well be on the terraces of St James' Park. Unfortunately for the 53-year-old, this is one problem he may struggle to overcome.
The Toon Army are desperate for someone to bring a freshness to the club having had a similar old-fashioned British manager every year in the 21st century. Whilst on the face of things the Derby boss may not represent this freshness it is clear when you look through his career just what he can bring to the club.
Aside from the possible criticism, everything McClaren has done in his career represents everything Newcastle need from a manager right now - energy, drive, attacking football and above anything else - honesty. Surely, Newcastle fans, this would be an opportunity that could not be turned down
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