England were thrown a Euro 2008 lifeline in Tel Aviv as Israel beat Russia 2-1 to leave Steve McClaren´s men requiring just a draw against Croatia to qualify.

Dorel Golan´s stoppage-time winner, just seconds after Dmitri Sychev had struck a post with a shot which looked destined to send England out, must have raised the roof not only off the Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv but the Grove Hotel in Watford, where McClaren was watching on, accompanied by his coaching staff.

McClaren must have been shredding his fingernails as, for 29 long minutes, Israel resisted their increasingly-desperate vistors after Diniyar Biyaletdinov had levelled Elianiv Barda´s early effort.

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