Bilic backing for Eduardo
Slaven Bilic does not believe Eduardo will have a problem dealing with the England supporters.
Last Updated: 08/09/09 8:31pm
Slaven Bilic does not believe Eduardo will have a problem dealing with the England supporters in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier.
Eduardo has been hit with a two-match UEFA Champions League ban after being found guilty of 'deceiving the referee' in Arsenal's recent clash with Celtic.
He is expected to receive plenty of boos from the Wembley crowd when he lines up for Croatia against England but Bilic is not worried about the reaction affecting his performance.
"Eduardo is a complete man and a complete person," said the Croatia manager.
"He's great as a player, great as a person, great as a father.
"I can say that because I've known him since he was 17 - so I know. It can only motivate you more. He knows that he is 100 per cent, horizontally, vertically, diagonally, 100 per cent honest."
Bilic was quoted as saying over the weekend that England had lost some of their 'Englishness' under Fabio Capello but he maintains that it was meant as a compliment.
"With those words, I praised Capello and the English team," said the former West Ham defender.
"I didn't say anything negative. I didn't say that they'd lost Englishness.
"I said, in a positive way, that Mr Capello is one of the best managers in the world; they are more organised, more solid; they control games almost completely, and they don't leave opponents five yards of space. They are playing differently now.
"They should be better at a World Cup - if they qualify, of course. They will still have six months to train together and will be together for three or four weeks, so they will be better and better."