McClaren banking on a repeat performance

September 12, 2007

Steve McClaren has named an unchanged team for the crucial Euro 2008 qualifier with Russia, meaning both Emile Heskey and Gareth Barry retain their places.

The England boss has kept faith with the line-up that crushed Israel 3-0 on Saturday.

Wigan striker Heskey will again partner Michael Owen up front, hoping to pierce a Russian defence that has so far conceded only one goal in their eight qualification games.

McClaren has retained Heskey despite Peter Crouch being available after serving a one-match ban for the 3-0 win over Israel.

Crouch was among the substitutes, replacing Jermain Defoe, while the other change on the bench saw Alan Smith take over from David Bentley who had been booed when brought on against Israel.