Capello's mixed bag
Wednesday, 14 October, 2009
Manager pleased with result, but not performance.
England Manager Fabio Capello saw his team bring their World Cup qualifying campaign to an end on Wednesday night, with a comprehensive 3-0 victory against Belarus at Wembley.
The Three Lions had already qualified for the Finals in South Africa prior to the game and Capello took the opportunity to make six changes to his starting line-up from the one which played against Ukraine at the weekend.
It certainly paid dividends too, as two of those players in striker Peter Crouch and winger Shaun Wright-Phillips responded in the best possible way by scoring the goals.
However, despite the result, there were elements of the team's performance which did not live up to Capello's expectations.
“Some things were good some things were not so good," he said.
"The players know what I mean and I was not happy at half-time as we had to wait too many times to win back the ball."
The Italian also kept his thoughts on individual performances to himself and paid tribute to the team for getting the result in the end.
“The victory was good, the goals and some players played well," he added.
"But I don’t like to talk about one single player I like to talk about the team – always.”