McClaren spent a brief spell as Three Lions coach ahead of the 2008 European Championships, but left his post after failing to take the national side to the tournament—the first time they had missed an international competition since 1994.
McClaren now finds himself at Newcastle where, with his team 18th in the Premier League, he faces a job on his hands to both keep the Magpies in the division and to remain in his post.
One of his rivals at the foot of the table, Eddie Howe, is faring slightly better with Bournemouth, having won one game more than the Magpies. The Cherries find themselves in 17th place on eight points ahead of the meeting between the two clubs this weekend.
Speaking to talkSPORT ahead of the match, McClaren has backed his Bournemouth counterpart to one day emerge has his successor for the England job.
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“How he has got Bournemouth up, he has done a fantastic job, and he has got the potential to be a future England manager if he keeps going the way he is.
“He plays the game in the right way, the right style, the right temperament, the right emotional control. He has found a home at Bournemouth and he has got them playing very well. He’s young, he’s got years ahead of him.”