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Capello wants England focus

07 Oct 2008 - 08:02:04

Head coach Fabio Capello is confident but has warned his England players not to be complacent ahead of Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan.

England shrugged off their recent malaise with a 4-1 qualifying victory over main group rivals Croatia last month in Zagreb.

But ahead of Saturday's first ever meeting with Kazakhstan, Capello has sounded a note of caution.

"We must not get carried away with the performance against Croatia. It was one win," he said in his programme notes.

"Zagreb has been a very difficult place to get a result for every country and it was a positive step forward but there is still a long way to go in the group.

"I am determined that we will always concentrate on the next match, not the one we have just played - that is gone now.

"Kazakhstan are our third opponents in the group and it is important we continue the positive start we have made so far.

"This is the first time they have played England and I know how determined they will be to make things difficult for us.

"However, I will be telling the players that so long as we approach the game in the right way, play with a good tempo and maintain our discipline, we can get the result and performance we want."

Meanwhile, Capello claims England are ready to put on a performance at Wembley after the Italian coach suggested in the build-up to the last round of fixtures that his players found it uncomfortable on home soil.

"Ahead of the previous games, I said that playing away from Wembley was helpful," he continued.

"I said this because there is often less pressure playing away from home. With 90,000 supporters at home, there is great expectancy.

"Now that we have some of that crucial confidence back, I am sure that starting today (Saturday), it will be easier for the players to perform to the best of their ability and that the Wembley crowd will generate a big atmosphere for the team."


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