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Two friendlies lead Capello back to square one

May 30, 2010
Two friendlies lead Capello back to square one

It’s difficult to analyse England’s 2-1 win over Japan, simply because it’s not clear what Fabio Capello was trying to discover. Was this match purely an audition for individuals to stake their claim, or was he trying to find a cohesive shape?
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Tactical analysis of England’s system

May 25, 2010
Tactical analysis of England’s system

With just a couple of weeks until the World Cup begins, this was a game posing more questions than offering solutions for Fabio Capello. Whilst England recorded a 3-1 win, they were outplayed and outpassed by a technically superior Mexico side for large parts of the game.
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Is Capello set to switch to a three-man defence?

May 14, 2010
Is Capello set to switch to a three-man defence?

There are strong rumours this morning that, in Gareth Barry’s absence, Fabio Capello is considering switching to a system featuring three centre-backs for the World Cup. It would unquestionably be a risky move, completely changing England’s shape that was so successful in qualifying, and installing a three-man defence that hasn’t been used effectively by...
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Theo Walcott provides his eagerly-anticipated ‘end product’ against Burnley

March 6, 2010
Theo Walcott provides his eagerly-anticipated ‘end product’ against Burnley

Theo Walcott has started consecutive home games for Arsenal now, and has looked lively in both. His performance against Sunderland was promising but was typical of his stereotype – he showed great pace but rarely provided a good ball into the box.
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Michael Carrick demonstrates why he could be crucial to England’s World Cup hopes

March 3, 2010
Michael Carrick demonstrates why he could be crucial to England’s World Cup hopes

It’s difficult to make the case for Michael Carrick being in the England side without coming across as a pretentious, know-it-all bore. Comments like “He does the quiet things well”, “He keeps things simple”, and “He brings the best out of his team-mates” are all classic ‘underrated player’ arguments. But like it or not,...
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