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