Capello calm after opener
Saturday, 12 June, 2010
Manager maintains a calm outlook after England open campaign with a draw.
England Manager Fabio Capello was upbeat after England drew 1-1 with the USA at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
The anticipation had been incredible in the build-up to the Three Lions' opening Group C fixture but a Clint Dempsey strike late in the first half pulled the Americans level after Steven Gerrard had given England the dream start by opening the scoring in only the fourth minute.
"We created a lot of chances to score goals, we presssed a lot and played a good game, but one mistake cost us a goal, but this is football," said Capello.
"I am pleased with the performance of the team and I think the next game we will be better.
"Sometimes a striker misses a chance in front of goal and sometimes a goalkeeper makes a mistake - this is football. I thought he [Robert Green] played very well in the second half and I was very happy with him.
"There were positives in the midfield and Steve [Gerrard] and Frank [Lampard] played well. A lot of players played well. We had chances to score more goals too, but I have to accept the result and hope the next time we will be more lucky."
Capello also reported that Ledley King's injury did not look too serious and he could possibly play in the next game against Algeria on Friday 18 June.
"He has just a little problem," explained Capello.