Behrami - Lions were tired

Midfielder says England were tired and it gave Swiss confidence

Last Updated: 06/06/11 10:01am

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Valon Behrami believes Switzerland were the better team at Wembley on Saturday and tiredness took its toll on England.

The Three Lions beat the Swiss 3-1 away last September but could only muster a 2-2 draw on home soil.

Switzerland midfielder Behrami, who spent two-and-a-half seasons at West Ham before joining Fiorentina in January, feels Fabio Capello's side "didn't give 100%" as they were tired.

He said: "We were the better team. The 2-2 draw is a good result but we both had chances to win the game.

Surprised

"They were not really 100% aggressive and left some space on the ball. When we saw that it gave us confidence."
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"We were surprised because in the last two games against England we did not have the feeling, the confidence that we could win.

"But they looked a little bit tired because it is a long season in England. It is probably the most difficult league in the word.

"They were not really 100% aggressive and left some space on the ball. When we saw that it gave us confidence."

The 26 year-old added: "England need everyone in the team to give 100% everytime. That is when England is a world-class team.

Really tired

"But, because it was the last game of the season, some of the players were really tired and didn't give 100%.

"I was used to playing in England and I know when they give 100% they are very difficult to defend against."

England have now gone four games without a win at Wembley and Behrami revealed he sensed anxiety among the 84,000 crowd during the match.

He said: "To get England fans behind you, you need all the players to give 100%. Then Wembley can be intimidating.

"But after 10 minutes, we showed we were going to give England a game and the crowd started to get frustrated."

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