Fabio Capello pins Euro 2012 hopes on younger players
Following England's impressive performance against the current World and European champions, England manager Fabio Capello has announced that he will be strongly depending on the country's new generation of internationals...
England beat Spain 1-0 over the weekend in one of their impressive performances in recent memory. Several players who are relatively new to international football managed to shine through; among them was Everton's Jack Rodwell and Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, who had a profound impact on the game after coming on as a substitute.
Capello has praised his side for beating the World Cup holders; among those who were on the Italian's list of top performers were Phil Jones and Kyle Walker. Jones has become a staple in the defensive line up at Old Trafford, despite only being 19-years-old; it now appears as though he could well be on his way to becoming a regular feature in the England starting 11.
“They are all really good young players and I think they will be really important for the next Euros,” commented Capello.
The superb display from England's younger players means that seniors cannot afford to be complacent about their place within the squad. Capello has now spelled out the fact that he is very aware of the talent that lies within the younger generation.
"I saw them play without fear, with personality. I can also see that physically and technically they are good enough to play with the seniors," said the Italian.
Capello also had particular praise for his defensive players, saying: "They were really, really good. Every time Spain tried to pass through them, they were in good positions. They played with big, big confidence."
Ladbrokes, William Hill and Victor Chandler currently offer 7/2 odds that Germany will win the Euro 2012 championships.