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Steve McClaren believes Michael Owen will supply the goals to secure victory for England against Israel in Saturday's crucial Euro 2008 qualifier.

 

McClaren's side trail Israel by three points in Group E, making a victory essential, but the England boss is sure Owen will fire the goals for success at Wembley.

 

Owen, who has recovered from his recent 18-month injury woes and has scored two in two games for Newcastle, has a reputation for performing well in important games for his country and McClaren is confident the striker will again rise to the occasion.

 

"Michael has looked sharper with every day," said McClaren.

 

"Never mind the work he does outside the box and who he needs to play with, the main thing Michael brings us is goals at vital times.

 

"There have been so many times when we have not looked like scoring and all of a sudden he has glanced one in at the near post or nicked one off his shin.

 

"He is always on the spot and what we must do is get the ball into areas where Michael is at his best."

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