Capello blasts England first-half performance

15 October 2009 10:15

Englandhead coach Fabio Capello admitted that he was less than happy with his side's first-half performance in the 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Belarus at Wembley.

The home side led by a fourth minute Peter Crouch goal at the interval, before Shaun Wright-Phillips and Crouch added to the margin of victory after the restart.

Match report - England 3-0 Belarus

Capello said after the victory: "The win is important. The performance of some players was good.

"We didn't play that well in the first half. After we scored the first goal they played better than us.

"We played better in the second half after I had spoken with the players in the dressing room. What I said is only for us.

"The style of Belarus was really good. They played short passes with a lot of movement.

"It was not dangerous, but the ball possession was always for them."

Meanwhile, Capello was also pleased to hear that David Beckham is close to agreeing a return to AC Milan on loan from LA Galaxy for the build-up to next summer's World Cup finals.

He added: "With Beckham, the most important thing is that he has to play.

"For me it is very important because Beckham, when he plays, whether it is five minutes, 20 minutes or half an hour, he always plays very well. He is focused on the game. This is important.

"Sometimes players when they come on have difficulty to enter the game, but David always plays very well."

Source: DSG

World Cup Group G

Belgium 1 0 0 3 3
England 1 0 0 1 3
Tunisa 0 0 1 -1 0
Panama 0 0 1 -3 0
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