England coach Fabio Capello is expecting a defensive-minded Andorra in tomorrow night's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier at Wembley. The Italian has urged his players to score early in the game, so they do not become frustrated by their opponents putting ten players behind the ball.
"I saw their game against Belarus and they put ten players just in front of the box, waiting, waiting, waiting," said Capello. "It's not easy. But if we score early it will be an easy game. We have to attack. Andorra will be waiting for us in front of their box with ten players defending."
We have to attack. Andorra will be waiting for us in front of their box with ten players defending.
Capello confirmed he is considering resting those players who are a booking away from suspension, but has not yet decided whether Gary Neville will start at right-back instead of Glen Johnson, who would miss the game against Croatia should he be yellow-carded tomorrow.
He also refused to divulge whether David Beckham, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Steven Gerrard or Theo Walcott would start on the right of midfield. However, he did hint that the latter will be given the nod.
"Walcott will be very important because we have to play to attack and the wide position is very important," Capello said. "I've spoken to him and he trained very well. He needs to play to recover his best condition."
The Italian is satisfied with the qualifying campaign so far, during which England have won all six games. "I've learnt a lot," he added. "The players have learnt a lot too about my system, what I want, what I want them to do in games and the different styles we play.
"I'm very happy because I can see in training the players are very happy. It's important. It's not like work but happy training."