Euro 2012 qual. - Capello happy with 4-3-3 switch

Sat, 26 Mar 17:23:00 2011

Fabio Capello was pleased with England's flexibility after a new 4-3-3 formation helped them to a comfortable 2-0 win over Wales in Euro 2012 qualifying.

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England dominated the first half of the Group G match in Cardiff, playing at a high tempo initially but slipping into a more continental passing game once they were two goals to the good.

Particularly impressive was Ashley Young, who relished his position as an advanced winger as he won Frank Lampard's penalty and laid on the cross for Darren Bent's goal, as England’s players looked happier playing in a similar formation to many of their club sides.

"I am very happy with the first 30 minutes, we played really well, pressing the ball, and stopped Wales from having too many chances," Capello, who was criticised for sticking to 4-4-2 during the World Cup, said afterwards.

"The goal that we scored (from open play) was really nice too, but after the first half an hour we changed the style of play, waiting more and playing on the counter attack, but throughout the game we were focused.

"I decided to go to 4-3-3 after watching Wales’ last game. I opted to use (Scott) Parker so I could play with (Jack) Wilshere, and to use (Wayne) Rooney in new position as from wide he can attack and also prevent Wales attacking.

"At the moment this formation is really good because some players, like Ashley Young, are improving a lot. I am really happy with the spirit in the team - with and without the ball they were helping one another."

Capello refused to be drawn as to whether he would stick with this formation for the next qualifier, against Switzerland at Wembley on June 4, insisting that all tactical decisions are made with specific opponents in mind.

He also bemoaned the loss of Rooney to suspension after the Manchester United striker picked up a yellow card that rules him out of the next competitive game.

"I don’t know if I will play the same style for the next time, it depends on the team. We studied Wales and chose this. We can also play 4-4-2 but we can play this too," Capello added.

"But now Rooney will miss the Switzerland game which is not good news for us."

England’s next match is a friendly against Ghana in London on March 29.


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