Eng­land don’t play the beau­ti­ful game says Pele . . . Mil­ner a fu­ture Eng­land cap­tain

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

Brazil leg­end Pele does not be­lieve Eng­land live up to his def­i­ni­tion of “beau­ti­ful” foot­ball - but ad­mits it is not al­ways the sides that play with the most style which win ma­jor tour­na­ments.

Pele, who starred in the 1958 World Cup as a 17-yearold and was in­stru­men­tal in Brazil win­ning their third global crown in 1970, clearly sees Eng­land as an ef­fec­tive unit but does not find Fabio Capello’s men one of the more pleas­ing sides to watch.

He said: “i be­lieve that there are cer­tain teams, Ger­many, italy and Eng­land, who play a cer­tain kind of game - a good game, a strong game.

“They don’t fo­cus on play- ing the beau­ti­ful game, they play a more de­fen­sive and de­ci­sive game. That is dif­fi­cult for us to imag­ine.”

asked who he felt most re­minded him of the free-flow­ing Brazil side of 1970, Pele said: “We do have coun­tries and teams play­ing the beau­ti­ful game. i in­clude Spain, Por­tu­gal, Hol­land.

“Un­for­tu­nately in World Cup his­tory it’s not al­ways the team that plays beau­ti­ful foot­ball that wins, this is be­cause the World Cup takes place over a short one-month pe­riod, seven games, so it’s pretty tough.” pres­sure to suc­ceed at the World Cup.

The Chelsea striker’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in South africa is still in doubt be­cause of the bro­ken arm he suf­fered in the friendly against Ja­pan on which he un­der­went surgery last week­end.

The 32-year-old is in­te­gral back home is re­ally high.

“Most of our play­ers play for big teams and have won things with big teams.

“But for the coun­try we have won noth­ing.

“Peo­ple speak about this gen­er­a­tion be­ing the best in ivory Coast for years and that is why the ex­pec­ta­tion is so high, higher than in France or Eng­land.”

al­GE­ria cap­tain Yazid Man­souri has been dropped from the team for their World Cup opener against Slove­nia on Sun­day.

re­ports in al­ge­ria even sug­gested Man­souri had walked out of the team’s camp in re­sponse to the move, but he trained with the squad yes­ter­day.

Sir Geoff Hurst be­lieves that James Mil­ner has all the at­tributes to make him an Eng­land cap­tain of the fu­ture.

With David Beck­ham, Steven Ger­rard and Frank lam­pard near­ing the end of their in­ter­na­tional ca­reers, Mil­ner is be­ing tipped to be earn a reg­u­lar place in Eng­land’s mid­field over the next few years.

“He is a pos­si­ble Eng­land cap­tain of the fu­ture, no doubt about it,” said Hurst. “He has got lead­er­ship qual­i­ties. He is a good lad, he has per­formed very well last sea­son and his tem­per­a­ment is fan­tas­tic.”


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