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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep, 1, 2006

England to target Andorran keeper at OT

England are planning to target Andorra goalkeeper Koldo with testing crossing during their Euro 2008 qualifier at Old Trafford today, coach Ray Clemence has revealed.

With 6ft 7in striker Peter Crouch as a target, England believe they will get success by exposing the weakness of Koldo, who is also known as Jesus Luis Alvarez de Eulate.

Goalkeeper coach Clemence said: 'We've looked at their goalkeeper and in the games we have seen he has looked particularly poor on crosses, so we need to get into good wide areas and deliver balls into the box.

'He certainly will struggle with those.'

England are expected to win comfortably in the first competitive game since their disappointing World Cup campaign, with confidence high after a 4-0 friendly win over Greece.

Clemence added on BBC Radio Five Live: 'It's a very happy ship, obviously the result against Greece gave everyone a boost.

'What's good about it is that everyone is aware of how disappointed we were at the World Cup. Everyone was hurt and wants to put it right.

'The only way to put it right is to work hard on the training ground, be together as a team, to play as a team and to build bricks all the time with getting wins to give players and fans more confidence.

'We all look back at the summer and the expectation level was immense - we believed we could ago a long, long way if not all the way.

'Maybe we didn't handle that expectation level as well as should have done. That's something everyone is making an effort to do for the European Championships.'

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