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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep, 1, 2006

Brown back in the England spotlight

Wes Brown will step back into the England spotlight for the first time in 16 months against Andorra - with Steve McClaren convinced the defender has the temperament and character required for international football.

Brown's appearance tally for his country will finally reach double figures in the European Championship qualifier at Old Trafford, seven years after making his debut against Hungary as a 19-year-old.

It was expected that the friendly in Budapest would be the first of many England caps for the Manchester United player but he has suffered a succession of injuries and has seen the emergence of John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Jamie Carragher.

Now injuries to Ferdinand and Carragher have presented Brown with another opportunity and McClaren, who has chosen him ahead of Michael Dawson, is aware of his qualities from working with him when a youngster at Old Trafford.

Brown, who last played for England against USA more than a year ago, will partner new skipper Terry as England look to maintain the feel-good factor brought about by the 4-0 post-World Cup triumph over Greece just over a fortnight ago.

McClaren said: 'I worked with Wes when he was a young lad coming through at Manchester United. He had great potential, had everything, read the game, has good pace, can use the ball and is good in the air and aggressive.

'But injuries have curtailed his career at Manchester United and I think internationally as well.

'But the end of last season his performances were excellent and he has started this season very well. I had no hesitation in including him again.

'I believe he has got the right temperament and the right character for international football.'

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