Capello slams England cynics

Three Lions boss insists France friendly was valuable for star kids

By Ben Collins   Last updated: 18th November 2010   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Capello slams England cynics

Capello: Dismay at doubters

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England coach Fabio Capello has hit back at the critics following

Wednesday's 2-1 defeat by France.

Capello bowed to public and media opinion by taking the opportunity to blood a string of youngsters in the Wembley friendly, handing debuts to Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson and Newcastle striker Andy Carroll.

Yet Capello then found himself fending off questions about the comprehensive nature of France's victory as they outclassed his experimental side.

The Italian boss felt it was a valuable lesson for his inexperienced squad, but he is at a loss to understand why the post-match verdicts have been so unforgiving.

"All the time I have been reading 'you have to put the young players in, young players, young players'," said Capello.

"This time I put the young players in and we are speaking about the result and the difference between the English and French players.

The future

"These young players are the future of England," he added. "I monitored these players in the Premier League and there, I know their value.

"But I also have to understand what really happens when they play with the seniors.

"I think that some of these young players will play another game when we play in February. It is important to improve and to stay together."

Capello was forced into some changes with established stars such as John Terry, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney all unavailable.

And he is confident that the experience garnered from Wednesday's game will stand his most promising youngsters in good stead during the remainder of the Euro 2012 qualifiying campaign.

"It is important for the older players to be fit but we also have to put the young players into the team because a lot of them could be in my squad for Euro 2012," he said.

"I am not worried. First of all we found really good players, like Carroll, who will be important for the future and can play more important games in Euro qualification.

"The other players will be young and better the next time they play.

"Without experience, it is impossible to put young players on the pitch and expect them to play well."

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Bougherara Bachir (Arsenal fan) says...

Cappelo should stay in italie. The FA are wasting far too much money .there are plenty good English managers who are qualified. Plus it's to much import of foreign platers thats way English footbal are suffering

Posted 17:18 18th November 2010

Gulrez Raza (Manchester United fan) says...

I must agree it was a valuable lesson for the inexperienced squad, but I dislike the way in which Capello put to many inexperienced players on the pitch at once. Also his formation wasn¿t too good either. Due to the players not being a tight unit on the pitch it lead to a disjointed midfield and back four, where England where exploited. Capello might have achieved a lot with world class players where he had the services of players such as; Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, Paolo Maldini, Roberto Carlos, Seedorf and so on. But this is his real test and so far he¿s not doing so great. A change of manager would be ideal, someone who can change Englands Philosophy of kicking the ball up the pitch and hoping you¿ll get a goal in the last 5 minutes of a game.

Posted 17:06 18th November 2010

Euan Anckorn (Newcastle United fan) says...

It's not really acceptable when Newcastle can put in far better crosses for Andy Carroll than England can.

Posted 16:42 18th November 2010

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