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Liverpool and Arsenal set for showdown

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Liverpool and Arsenal set for showdown

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By ESPN Staff

Failure will see McClaren sacked - Wilkins

Former England captain Ray Wilkins is convinced failure to reach Euro 2008 will spell the end of manager Steve McClaren's reign.

England are entering the decisive phase of their qualifying campaign and must rely on Israel denying Russia victory on Saturday or Croatia losing in Macedonia to keep their fading hopes alive.

McClaren is fighting to save his job and the former Middlesbrough boss will come under enormous pressure should England not qualify.

Wilkins, who won 84 caps during an international career spanning a decade, does not believe McClaren will survive the clamour for his resignation.

'The bottom line is it comes down to the coach,' said Wilkins, speaking at a sponsoredbyyou.com event organised by England sponsors Nationwide.

'If things are going wonky it's not the players but the manager who gets the sack. It's exactly the same for Steve McClaren.

'The FA haven't said anything yet about Steve's job and I think they should have done by now to let him know where he stands.

'In the past a change has been made if England haven't reached a major tournament and I think it will be the same this time around.'