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CLIVE'S CONFIDENT

Posted on 15 June 2006  - 12:00

Clive Allen is confident England will do the job against Trinidad & Tobago this evening to book a place in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Clive Allen is confident England will do the job against Trinidad & Tobago this evening to book a place in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Our development coach and former prolific striker - he scored a club record 49 goals for us in 1986-87 - played at all levels for England and made his senior debut in the memorable 2-0 win against Brazil in the Maracana Stadium in 1984.

Clive, who guided our reserve team to the title last season, is back in his pundit's role for ITV throughout the tournament and has few doubts England will overcome Dwight Yorke's team in Nuremberg, kick-off 5pm.

"I think we’ll be too strong for Trindad & Tobago," said Clive. "Having got the first one out of the way against Paraguay everyone expects a better performance and I’m confident we’ll get the result and qualify early for the next stage.

"A lot of people talked about the performance against Paraguay but the result was the most important thing. It’s one thing that has been talked about at England youth level, that it’s not always about the performance, but the result that matters.

"Obviously you want to improve in future games and that’s imperative to if you want to progress further in any tournament. It was a good start and something to build on.

"Trinidad & Tobago will be full of energy and we saw that in their draw against Sweden. They will believe they can get about us, frustrate us and patience will be a key but hopefully once we get a breakthrough we should go on to win."