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Stephen "Steve" McClaren (born 3 May 1961) is an English former professional footballer and the current manager of the England national football team, having succeeded Sven-Göran Eriksson on 1 August2006. has challenged England wannabe Stewart Downing Stewart Jason Downing (born July 22, 1984 in Middlesbrough) is an English football player, who currently plays for Middlesbrough, and is in the England squad. A natural left-footer, Downing plays on the left side of midfield in a traditional winger's role. to produce more of the same to further his claims for a senior international call-up.
The 20-year-old left winger has won rave reviews in recent weeks, having added goals against Manchester United, Egaleo and Portsmouth to a series of glittering appearances which suggest he could be the latest man to be proffered as a solution to Sven-Goran Eriksson's abiding problem.
McClaren has been delighted with the under-21 international's contribution to date but knows only a sustained run of form for his club will see him elevated to the ranks of the senior international set-up.
"If he continues and keeps playing as he's doing, I'll be the first one to shout from the rooftops," he said.
"But consistency is the name of the game at that level and to play for England, that's what you need."
Downing and his team-mates head for Charlton tomorrow having extended their unbeaten run to six games with Wednesday night's 3-0 Carling car·ling
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