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Belgium await UEFA decision on Euro 2020

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Barry urges England to be positive

Gareth Barry has warned England will 'get into difficulties' if they try and play for a draw in tonight's vital Euro 2008 qualifier with Croatia at Wembley.

England need only a share of the spoils to book their place in next summer's finals in Austria and Switzerland.

But Aston Villa skipper Barry believes Steve McClaren's side have to adopt a positive attitude after being handed a lifeline by Israel's shock win over Russia.

While McClaren has remained tight-lipped about his starting line-up, it has emerged Barry is set to get the nod over Owen Hargreaves as the holding midfield player alongside Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.

Barry told the club's official website: 'The mood in the camp is really good - particularly given the way results went for us over the weekend.

'We all feel a lot more confident because there's nothing worse than qualification being out of your own hands.

'Now the confidence is with us, we're probably seen as favourites to get through and we've got to go out and get a result on the pitch.'

Barry admitted: 'The match is certainly one of the biggest in my career - no question. When you look at what one single game means to the whole country, it's got to be up there near the top.

'A positive result guarantees us qualification to the European Championships - something the whole country wants.

'But I think we need to approach the game in a positive way because there's nothing worse than playing for a draw. That's when you get into difficulties.

'We need to take the game to Croatia and push for the win.'

Barry's Villa team-mate Scott Carson, on loan for the season from Liverpool, is tipped to make his first competitive start for his country.