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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