'England don't deserve it'
Russia boss Guus Hiddink insists England have not done enough to qualify for Euro 2008.
Last Updated: 15/11/07 9:23am
Russia boss Guus Hiddink insists England do not deserve to qualify for Euro 2008.
Steve McClaren's men will be all but eliminated from reaching next summer's finals if Hiddink's side win their qualifier in Israel on Saturday.
The Dutch coach believes it is "impossible" that his players will not take the three points in Tel Aviv.
He said in the Daily Express: "I am calm and relaxed. We know that if we win then we will qualify for Euro 2008. It is as simple as that. It's in our own hands.
"I am not worried. I am fully focused. For me, this is the equivalent of a World Cup final. We have been through so much in this group as a country that it would be impossible for us to fail in Israel.
"If we analyse this group and the teams, then England do not deserve to qualify. Russia have been consistent.".
"You judge success as to who qualifies. If we finish above England then no-one can say we don't deserve it. It was not a freak or a one-off."
Hiddink revealed last month's win over England restored his players' belief, shattered after September's 3-0 defeat at Wembley.
He said: "They are ready to make every last sacrifice because they believe anything is now possible after beating England.
"They realise now that there is not a big difference between the squads of England and Russia and that money, name and fame do not come into it."
He revealed his gameplan for Israel, saying: "We will go there with nothing else on our minds than victory and we will fight until the end. I have told my players to dominate from the first minute. That is the kind of football we need to play."