McClaren relishing England challenge | World Soccer

Steve McClaren is looking forward to his new role as England’s new head coach and sees the position as “a great challenge and a great adventure”.

The former Middlesbrough boss replaces Sven-Goran Eriksson in the post, and he has vowed to make his mark.

“I’m very excited and can’t wait to get started,” added McClaren. “It’s going to be different from Sven, totally different. I’m going to do it my way.”

And on being asked as to who will replace David Beckham as captain, McClaren said: “Individuals and smaller details we’ll get to later on.”

McClaren’s first match in charge will be a friendly against Greece on 16 August .

Former England coach Terry Venables is expected to be given a role but Alan Shearer has turned down the offer of a coaching spot in the new set-up.

McClaren will name his first England squad on 12 August for the friendly game against Greece.

McClaren is expected to delay the announcement of his new captain until he has seen the candidates face-to-face. The main contenders are Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard and John Terry of Chelsea.

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