Woody gets soccer SOS

Clive Woodward has agreed to hold talks with new England football manager Steve McClaren.

Woodward, who is currently with Southampton Football Club, is in the running for England’s new elite director of rugby post. However, it appears he could now play a role with the England national football side who were knocked out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage.

McClaren officially succeeds Sven Goran Eriksson next month, and is a huge admirer of the Rugby World Cup winning coach. While he will not add Woodward to his planned coaching team of Alan Shearer and Terry Venables, the new England boss is prepared to use every possible method of improving his squad’s preparations.

A source close to Woody told the Sun: “What Sir Clive brings to the party is an astonishing ability for innovation, creation and close attention to the minutest detail.

“This isn’t just about coaching, it’s about providing priceless additional ammo. It won England the World Cup in 2003.

“What has McClaren got to lose? There’s commonsense in action here, something not seen very often under his predecessor.”