Capello happy with Wembley return
Wednesday, 11 August, 2010
England Manager pleased with new blood as Three Lions win 2-1.
England Manager Fabio Capello believes his side's first outing since their disappointing World Cup campaign was a worthwhile exercise.
With the Three Lions' exit in South Africa still fresh in people's minds, Capello's charges were keen to make amends against Hungary in front of an impressive 72,024 at Wembley.
And despite going a goal down due to a controversial goalline decision, England overcame the deficit thanks to a Steven Gerrard brace, running out 2-1 winners.
“I enjoyed it, I concentrated on the game, I wanted to see everything relaxed and I am happy for the performance," said Capello after the victory.
"We played the first 30 minutes well, the last 10 minutes of the first half not so well, but it was not an easy game because they were really compact and didn’t really try to find the space, but I was happy."
All three goals came in the second 45 minutes, a half which also saw a number of debutants, including Kieran Gibbs, Michael Dawson and Jack Wilshere entering the action. And Capello was pleased to give such players their opportunities at the highest level.
“The second half we saw more players, different players, young players and the performance was really good. It was important to play here in Wembley, not away.
“I think we found new players, young players for the future," said the Manager.
Judging by their reaction to the blooding of these new faces, the crowd was also pleased to see them given their chance. Capello, however, never doubted the support of the England fans.
“I know the fans support the team always and we know that we have to win something for these fans because they are fantastic."