McClaren may drop Terry
John Terry may not play in the Euro qualifier against Estonia as boss Steve McClaren may save him for the crucial clash against Russia.
Last Updated: 06/10/07 9:42am
England captain John Terry may not play in the Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia on October 13 as boss Steve McClaren may save him for the crucial clash against Russia four days later.
McClaren may take this difficult decision as Terry is one of four England players - Joe Cole, Ashley Cole and Rio Ferdinand - on a yellow card, so only one booking away from missing the Moscow trip through suspension.
And as three of the players are defenders, Terry could be the one to miss out, given he has a fractured check-bone at present.
Speaking about leaving Terry out, McClaren said: "It is a consideration. We have to look at the bigger picture as well as the smaller one.
"I have to take the bookings into account and ask myself do I want to risk losing someone?
"It means picking a team for Estonia is not an entirely straightforward issue, there are other factors involved as well.
"Clearly though, our priority is to win and avoid dropping points at home as we did against Macedonia. If we do that, what happens in Russia is irrelevant."
But one player definitely set to play against Estonia is under-fire England keeper Paul Robinson.
The Spurs keeper has drawn criticism after the 4-4 draw with Aston Villa on Monday, with some arguing he was to blame for at least three of the goals, while a previous blunder in England's friendly defeat to Germany two months ago led to speculation he would lose his international position to David James.
But McClaren has confirmed he will stick with his Number One, saying: ""Paul Robinson has never let us down.
"He has conceded two goals in qualifying so far, both against Croatia, which were unfortunate, so he has kept plenty of clean sheets.
"I will to talk to him because no goalkeeper likes to concede goals. Even when it is not their fault, they still feel a bit responsible.
"But he reacted well after the criticism against Germany and I have no hesitation in putting him in again."
McClaren has also selected Frank Lampard and Michael Owen in the 27-man squad that included West Ham's Dean Ashton, even though both are only due to make their comebacks from injury on Sunday.
Lampard's inclusion gives McClaren another selection dilemma as Gareth Barry performed so well in central midfield alongside Steven Gerrard in the two recent England games.