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No USA Trip for McClaren and Co. After Croatia Defeat

There will be no USA trip for Steve McClaren and staff following the debacle in Zagreb, the English Football Association said on Thursday. McClaren was supposed to head across the Atlantic to have a look at the coaching methods employed by the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League, but after his side's 2-0 defeat to Croatia, and the ensuing criticism of his tactics, the FA said "the time is not right" for the five-day trip to Seattle. McClaren will instead stay at home to concentrate on England's Nov. 15 friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam. There are five months until England's next Euro 2008 qualifier in Israel, and calls in the press have been for tactical and personnel changes. McClaren says he will use the break to have a look at younger players coming through the ranks. "There are players in the Under-21s knocking on the door, we will be looking at them very, very closely," he said. McClaren told the media yesterday that he shoulders most of the blame for England's poor display in Croatia. By the media's count, that was England's third poor display in a row.

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