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England Win at Wembley

Posted by therealquickie on October 14, 2008

England football coach Fabio Capello describes England’s 5-1 win over Kazakhstan on Saturday at Wembley as “a game of two halves.”

England made it three wins out of three in their World Cup qualifying campaign but the margin of victory flattered England in what was a tricky evening for Capello and Ashley Cole.

After a lifeless and subdued first half Rio Ferdinand, captain in the absence of the injured John Terry, nodded in a corner followed by an own goal by Alexandr Kuchma off a Lampard free kick.

Kazakhstan refused to admit defeat however and Zhambyl Kukeyev fired one back after Ashley Cole made a crucial mistake.

An upset Cole then endured boos for the rest of the match of which Capello said afterwards, “At that moment, a player needs the crowd to help, not boo. I don’t understand it at all.”

But England regained their composure and Wayne Rooney headed in a Wes Brown cross and then tapped another one in after a David Beckham free kick. Jermain Defoe finished off the scoring with a late, low finish.

Capello’s concerns

Capello’s first feeling when the final whistle blew must have been one of relief after watching his team struggle for long periods to break down their stubborn, hard-working visitors especially during a poor first half.

The England boss said, much to everyone’s agreement that, “After the first 45 minutes I was not happy, no. But we changed things, and after that we did well.”

Capello did indeed change things at half time by swapping his 4-3-3 formation and replacing it with a 4-4-2.

This allowed Wayne Rooney who had been wasted in the first half to play alongside Emile Heskey thereby creating more problems for the Kazakh defenders.

In response to the booing heard from the England supporters, Capello has underlined his concerns about England playing at Wembley believing that fans boo players “for their first touch” and suggested that it was easier for the players away from home.

England’s future

Although England are in a strong position ahead of a potentially tricky visit to Belarus on Wednesday as the only team to have a perfect record in their group, they are nowhere near qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Capello will know better than most that qualification for that tournament is still some way off.

Jennifer Wilis-Jones (

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