Un­fazed Fabio cool as a cu­cum­ber de­spite Eng­land’s first-half night­mare

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

ENG­LAND coach Fabio Capello said he was not too con­cerned by the de­fen­sive er­rors that led to both Nether­lands goals in the 2-2 draw in Am­s­ter­dam.

Mis­takes by Rio Fer­di­nand and Gareth Barry handed the Dutch a 2-0 ad­van­tage at the break, be­fore Jer­main De­foe’s dou­ble com­pleted a fine fight­back.

“Th­ese were just two silly mis- takes,” said Capello, who has a 100% record with Eng­land in com­pet­i­tive games.

“I was not an­gry about them be­cause I can ac­cept they were freak­ish.”

But Capello said he would not be so re­laxed about the mis­takes if they came as a re­sult of play­ers ig­nor­ing in­struc­tions.

“Some­times you are an­gry be­cause some mis­takes that they did were in­cred­i­ble,” he said.

“I don’t ac­cept mis­takes where the po­si­tion is wrong or if I try do­ing some­thing in train­ing and then, af­ter­wards, I don’t see it be­ing put into prac­tice on the pitch.”

The Ital­ian said he avoided rais­ing his voice at half-time fol­low­ing Eng­land’s tepid and mis­take-rid­den open­ing 45 min­utes.

“I was re­ally calm at half-time, re­ally calm,” he said.

“You have to un­der­stand what you have to do. It is not al­ways the same.

“It is very im­por­tant psy­cho­log­i­cally for the play­ers to un­der­stand if the man­ager has con­fi­dence that they can re­cover the re­sult.”

It was Capello’s in­tro­duc­tion of De­foe at half-time that served as a cat­a­lyst for a change in Eng­land’s for­tunes, and the Ital­ian praised the Tot­ten­ham striker’s con­tri­bu­tion.

“He is one of the best English for­wards,” said Capello.

Mean­while, Eng­land’s hero of the night was thor­oughly pleased with his night’s work.

“I think it was my best game for Eng­land,” De­foe said. – The Tele­graph

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