Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has vowed to win back his place in the England squad.
Jenas was left out of McClaren's 28-man party for this Wednesday's friendly against Germany after a disappointing start to the season for Spurs.
He admits it was disheartening to be omitted but responded in the ideal way with a man-of-the-match performance and stunning solo goal in the 4-0 victory over Derby.
"I wasn't happy about being left out but the manager has the right to pick who he wants," Jenas said in The Sun.
"He knows I'm not going to be happy about it but no professional footballer would be so it's up to me to prove him wrong,
"Steve rang me, he explained the situation and that was that.
"I'd like to keep the reasons between us as it was a private conversation, but he made it very clear I'm still young and a vital part of the future, which was great to hear."
Jenas has also expressed his relief at helping to get Tottenham's Premier League campaign off and running, after two early defeats had heaped the pressure on Martin Jol.
"The gaffer is a big character and handled it like a top manager," said Jenas.
"We're a top side, we've spent a lot of money and people demand results."