Capello hails fantastic England
10 Sep 2009 - 08:24:59
Fabio Capello thought his England team produced their best display under his stewardship in Wednesday's crushing 5-1 victory against Croatia at Wembley.
The rout ensured England would be featuring in next summer's World Cup finals in South Africa, a tournament Capello is already planning for.
The Italian said: "I'm very happy. We played very well. The face of the players was different in training yesterday to when we played Slovenia.
"We played the best 20 minutes of the qualifying period. We were fantastic. We passed the ball quickly and the quality of the passing was very, very good.
"The spirit of the group. The concentration for every moment. The movement with the ball. I was happy with everything."
Aaron Lennon was the man of the match, being England's chief creator as two goals by both Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard as well as a late Wayne Rooney strike helped to erase the memory of the 3-2 defeat to the Croats almost two years ago.
"I was sure he (Aaron Lennon) would be in the first 11 against Croatia when I saw him play (for Tottenham Hotspur) against Birmingham (City), added Capello.
"He was fantastic. We need a player like him. One to one it is not easy to stop him.
"There is always the same expectation with the England team. It is very high. We have to play to win because we are England.
"We have one of the best teams in the world. We always have to play with the spirit we did this evening.
"The first target is OK, we have achieved it, we are going to South Africa. We have time now to prepare for the World Cup.
"I know the problems of playing in the World Cup. We have eight months and it is important no players are injured."