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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Fabio tells a home truth

Capello: Players cannot take Wembley pressure

Fabio Capello may feel more comfortable if England played their home games in the Aviva Stadium after blaming the "Wembley factor" on his team's poor display.

In an excuse as feeble as Alex Ferguson's infamous 'my players can't see each other in these grey jerseys' line, the Italian claimed the demands of the home crowd was draining his players' confidence.

Capello may be the only coach in the history of international football who doesn't want to play at home, in the supposed 'home of football'.

The England manager saw his side scrape a crucial 1-0 win, but the manner of England's performance will be of concern.

Ashley Young scored the only goal of the game in the first half, but Capello was left feeling thankful that Wales substitute Robert Earnshaw spooned a sitter over the crossbar from six yards with 15 minutes remaining.

Capello said of playing at Wembley: "I think here we lose the confidence. Some players who can usually dribble and can go straight for the goal do not.

"I want always three players in front of the goal and there was only one.

"But I am happy for the result. It was the most important thing.

"When you play at Wembley the opponents want to play with more courage and pressure.

"When we played qualification matches for the World Cup we played very well and we never had problems when we played at home, but not today.

"Today there was the pressure of the result. When you play without the pressure (of the result) it is different. You can do something with a free mind. You play well.

"The players suffered this evening. They never played fast."



Suffered

The result leaves England needing a point when they visit Montenegro on October 7 to be sure of qualifying for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

When asked if they were fortunate to be in such a position after Earnshaw's blooper, Capello said: "Yes, we made a big mistake in front of the goal and we had luck. We did not play the last 15 minutes well. We suffered a lot."

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