Linker: England must turn Wembley into a fortress

Lineker told The Sun: “England have to make Wembley an intimidating place where other teams will fear coming.

“We rarely lost there in my time — and this new stadium does have to start feeling like home for England, otherwise we won’t qualify for the European Championships.

“We have games coming up against Israel, Russia, Croatia and Estonia and we may need to win all four to qualify.

“The problem under McClaren has been tactical. Of course Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard can play together but not if they are both having to drop back to get the ball.

“They should be playing further up the park. The likes of John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Ledley King are all capable of playing the ball out of defence, allowing Gerrard and Lampard to play further forward.

“The way England have played under McClaren has led to there being a 50-yard gap between the midfield and strikers, too often leading to a big boot up the middle and England losing possession.”