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Capello pleased with progress

25 Jun 2010 - 09:43:50

Fabio Capello believes England are finding form at exactly the right time in their World Cup campaign.

Two stuttering draws were followed up by a much-improved 1-0 victory over Slovenia in Wednesday's final Group C game to book a last 16 meeting with Germany in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

"Against Slovenia we did really very well in every area of the pitch," said Capello.

"The positions we took up were very good. We won back the ball and played quickly.

"The passing was really dangerous and we switched the ball quickly.

"In the other games we lost the ball a lot but this time we managed to keep hold of it. Overall I am very happy."

Meanwhile, Capello has given a strong indication that Wednesday's goal-hero Jermain Defoe will again be in the starting line-up to face Germany.

The Spurs striker's 23rd minute goal settled a nervy game in Port Elizabeth which could have resulted in an early exit for the Three Lions.

"You have to take into account which defenders are on the other side," explained Capello, who keeps his starting line-up under wraps until two hours before kick-off.

"I chose Defoe because he has trained very well. He is in good form at this moment and, in front of goal, he is very important."


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