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England slump to Russia defeat

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England´s Euro 2008 hopes - and possibly Steve McClaren´s job - rest in the hands of Israel after Russia completed an astonishing comeback to win 2-1 at the Luzhniki Stadium.

The artificial pitch proved anything but fantastic for McClaren and his men, who saw their five-match winning streak in qualifying Group E ended by two goals in four minutes from substitute Roman Pavluchenko after Wayne Rooney had given the a first-half lead.

While Russia coach Guus Hiddink celebrated a famous triumph against the man who got the job the Dutchman was considered for, McClaren was left to reflect on how fickle fate can be.

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