Becks backs the system
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Beckham backed England's new-look midfield system against Wales.England skipper David Beckham backed the new-look midfield system that was employed in the win over Wales.
Sven Goran Eriksson played his skipper in the anchor role of a five-man midfield with Wayne Rooney as the lone frontman.
Real Madrid man Beckham says the midfield was solid for most of the game in Cardiff, which England won 1-0 thanks to a Joe Cole goal.
Much was made about the change of system ahead of the match but Beckham says it worked well during the game.
"I think the midfield, for most of the game, was pretty solid," Beckham told Sky Sports.
"When you've got players like Frank (Lampard) and Steven (Gerrard) around you it is easier.
"We're professionals and, if you're asked to play in different positions and different styles, you should be able to do it.
"I don't mind what system we play. It doesn't matter about systems, you've still got to perform."
England had a lot to thank goalkeeper Paul Robinson for as he produced a fine first half save to keep out John Hartson's header.
"It was a great save and the lads were full of thanks to Robbo at half time," added Beckham.
"Full credit to our lads. We never gave up chasing.
"They were hard to break down as they sat back but we've got the win and that's what matters."