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England's coach Steve Mclaren has faced his first tough test as the new boss. It was a frustrating draw as England drew with a resilient and much improved Macedonia side. This means England drop two vital points in the group, but are still in the running to qualify. For the 90mins Macedonia took the game to England refusing to sit back in their own half and wait until England broke them. But with Mclaren changing his formation opting for a 3-5-2 and playing Rooney and Crouch up front, he was making a huge gamble. The gamble failed to pay dividends as Mclaren's team gave a lacklustre performance reminiscent of their performances under Sven Goran Erikson. England had to wait until the second half before they were worthy of any chances, with Steven Gerard hitting the wood work, and Peter Crouch heading a ball wide of the right hand post. Macedonia injected pace into their side and on occasions looked the more likely side to score, but failed like England to deliver the end product. The honeymoon period for Steve Mclaren is over as Wednesday he faces Croatia in Zagreb, where he is likely to employ fresh tactics to an underperforming team.