Steve McClaren: 'I wasn't ready for England job'

Manager of Derby County Steve McClaren looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at Pride Park Stadium on October 05, 2013
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Steve McClaren admits that he was not ready for the job of managing England and is still disappointed at not being able to qualify for Euro 2008.

Steve McClaren has admitted that he was not ready for the job of managing England.

The Derby County manager took charge of the Three Lions in August 2006, but was sacked the following November after his side's failure to qualify for Euro 2008.

McClaren believes that he let the country down and claims that he is still disappointed at not being able to take them to a major tournament.

"At the time I thought I was ready, but the job finds out that you're not ready," The Mirror quotes him as saying. "I didn't have the experience and, together with a little bit of bad luck as well along the way, it didn't work out.

"The biggest thing that hurt me that night, and ever since, was the failure to qualify. That is the biggest thing. It was nothing about anything else. As I said on the night, it felt like I'd let the nation down.

"That's what I've had to live with. That's the hardest thing. Nothing else – like 'The wally with the brolly.' The disappointment will not go away and that still hurts, but you have to get on with life and football."

McClaren's current club Derby will be hoping to book their return to the Premier League when they take on Queens Park Rangers in the Championship playoff final on Saturday.

Steve McClaren of Derby County gives out instructions during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Queens Park Rangers on February 10, 2014
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