McClaren happy with options
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve McClaren says he is unfazed by the injuries which have hit his preparations.
Steve McClaren says he is unfazed by the injuries which have hit England's preparations for Saturday's Euro 2008 qualifier with Israel.
The Three Lions looked in good fettle a week ago, but Gary Neville was ruled out last weekend with an ankle injury and Jonathan Woodgate failed to shake off the effects of a knee problem.
Micah Richards is carrying a calf complaint and with Wayne Bridge injured and Ashley Cole suspended, some have suggested England's quest for victory could be hampered by a bulging treatment room.
McClaren, though, feels England have enough quality in their ranks to cope with a tough trip to Israel, adding that Middlesbrough defender Woodgate could be available for the trip to Andorra on Wednesday.
"Unfortunately Jonathan Woodgate had to go back to his club for further treatment and assessments, but there is a possibility on Sunday or Monday he could be coming out to join us," McClaren told Sky Sports News.
"Micah Richards should train with the team today for the first time this week and as long as he comes through everyone is fit.
"We have got 23 players, more than enough and enough cover in every position."