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Steve McClaren is to replace Brian Kidd on England’s coaching staff for the EURO 2004 finals.

Kidd has undergone surgery after being diagnosed with prostate cancer and Middlesbrough manager McClaren will be his replacemen for the duration of the finals.

McClaren was a member of Sven-Goran Eriksson’s backroom set-up at the World Cup in 2002. But he stood down to focus on on managing Boro.

Eriksson, who names his initial 23-man squad on Monday, told the FA’s website: “I am very sorry that Brian will not be part of the coaching team this summer, but I fully respect his decision and his professionalism.

“Brian has played a key role in qualifying for Euro 2004 and in the ongoing development of the team.

“He is a top-quality coach who is admired by everyone he works with.

“It is very good for England that we can bring in someone of Steve’s calibre at this late stage.

“I know Steve very well and respect his abilities as a top-class coach, and am looking forward to working with him again.”

McClaren said: “I am greatly looking forward to joining up with England again, although obviously IÀm sorry that Brian has had to withdraw.

“It is tremendous honour to be involved with the national team, and I have always enjoyed my relationship with Sven and the rest of the coaches and players.

“Euro 2004 is a huge tournament and I know from my experience at the World Cup just how exciting it will be.”

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