Seventh heaven! England target win as Capello set sights on South Africa
07 June 2009 04:10
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England have set their sights on making it seven wins out of seven as they close in on qualifying for next summer's World Cup.
The 4-0 victory over Kazakhstan yesterday propelled Fabio Capello's side one step nearer to reaching the finals in South Africa.
England have won all of their six group games so far and should have little difficulty making it seven when they welcome minnows Andorra to Wembley on Wednesday.
Boss Capello today discovered that he will again be without central defender Rio ferdinand, who is still experiencing discomfort in a calf injury that disrupted his preparation for last month's Champions League final.
Gareth Barry is also suspended after picking up a yellow card in Almaty but England should still prove too strong for their opponents.
Goalkeeper Robert Green, who kept a clean sheet in his first competitive international for England in the absence on injured No 1 David James, is eyeing another win on the road to 2010 World Cup.
'It's been an ambition and a dream and to get it done and have the memories of winning is more than pleasing,' he said.
'It was a difficult game against Kazakhstan but one we've come through with a good result. Maybe not the greatest of performances, but one we'll take.
'We kept chances down to a minimum, but we knew there would be a storm to ride and we've done that.
'I don't think there's anyone in the side that would come away and say they've had their best game but we've got the win. It shows the importance of getting a result when you're not at your fluid best.
'Coming away with seven wins out of seven is the next focus and if we win on Wednesday we know we will be a long way ahead of the rest of the group and we'll know that we've done our job over the last 10 days.'