Bingham was furious at the way his side lost their way and failed to capitalise on their three-goal first-half lead, provided by Clarke, Kevin Wilson and Jim Magilton.
'Some people may think we were trying to play defensively in the second half but that was not my instructions. I wanted us to keep the ball and make them chase the game, but we kept losing possession and playing the long ball.'
In a night of eight World Cup ties across Europe, Bulgaria caused the biggest tremors with a 2-0 defeat of France in Sofia. The Barcelona striker Hristo Stoichkov scored from the spot after 21 minutes and Krasimir Balakov added a second eight minutes later to maintain Bulgaria's 100 per cent record in Group Six.
Sweden moved into second place behind Bulgaria when they beat their neighbours, Finland, with a 76th-minute penalty by Klas Ingesson after striker Martin Dahlin had been up-ended.
While England fired blanks in Spain, their Group Two rivals Norway enjoyed their biggest win in 44 years at the expense of San Marino, winning 10-0 in Oslo, Gunnar Halle scoring a hat-trick. Norway's keeper, Erik Thorstvedt of Tottenham, barely got a kick, so he went up with his team-mates for a corner late in the game.
In a rematch of this summer's European Championship final, Germany overcame Denmark 2-1 in a friendly in Copenhagen, but their winner had a touch of fortune about it. Stefan Effenberg's 30-yard free-kick five minutes from time struck a post and then rebounded off goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel's back into the net.
And, in Eindhoven, Italy shrugged off two early goals by Ajax's Dennis Bergkamp to beat the Netherlands 3-2 in another friendly, Gianluca Vialli scoring the winner 13 minutes from time.Reuse content