Fabio happy to end Swedish run
Tuesday, 15 November, 2011
Manager pleased with emergence of youngsters and two wins in four days.
England Manager Fabio Capello declared himself satisfied after his side beat Sweden 1-0 at Wembley. The Three Lions' first victory over their Scandinavian opponents for 43 years was sealed by Gareth Barry’s first-half header and ensured England built on Saturday’s 1-0 win over Spain.
And Capello insisted he was pleased as youngsters such as Kyle Walker, Jack Rodwell and Phil Jones took their chances on the international stage with starting berths.
“I am happy because we won two games and this evening we created a lot of chances,” he said.
“I saw in these two games a really good spirit in the team. I learnt a lot. For me it was important to have some time to play against two difficult teams like Spain and Sweden.
“I am happy, the results of the experiments were positive and in the future these players will be okay when they have their moments in the seniors.
“Some players played really well – Jones, Walker, Rodwell. I think it was a really interesting game because after 43 years we beat Sweden – finally!
“It was not an easy game because they are a really good team, good organisation.”
But Capello admitted England still have work to do going into 2012 and a year which will see his side compete in UEFA EURO 2012.
He added: “I am happy but I think we need to improve because we played too many balls to the goalkeeper. When you have the ball in possession you need to move it quicker.”