Arsène Wenger believes that Steve McClaren is the "right man" for the England job.

The Middlesbrough manager was appointed as Sven Goran Eriksson's successor this week. McClaren has been part of the England set-up for a number of years and his Arsenal counterpart expects the FA's policy of continuity to pay dividends.

"Finally they [the FA] have the right man," said Wenger. "They have gone for continuity and that is defendable and logical because McClaren has the experience of the job.

"Of the English candidates - Sam Allardyce, Alan Curbishley and even Martin O'Neill - the fact that he is already part of the set up made the difference.

"I have sympathy for Allardyce because he handled his case very well. He had a lot of dignity and a lot of intelligence but he lost out because McClaren was already inside. That made the difference."

FA chief executive Brian Barwick revealed on Thursday that he had met Wenger before appointing McClaren but the Arsenal manager played down any personal interest in the England vacancy.

"I said you need an English manager," said Wenger. "In France I'm not French. In England I'm not English.

"I have said many times I would like [my role] to be confidential but if Brian Barwick wants to come out on that, then that is down to him. I have always said any meeting is confidential."

He added: "At the moment, you have a new England manager. Most of the country wanted an English manager, whether the country wanted McClaren or not is a bit mixed but at least a decision has been made.

"The worst thing would have been no decision."

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5 May 2006