What we have this year at England, that we haven’t had since Bobby Robson was England manager back in the 1990 World Cup, is a coach who is not only good enough to win the World Cup, but believes 100% that England can and will win it.
Fabio Capello – with that look of steel
Now Fabio could be wrong – but that’s what he believes.
The manager is trying desperately to hammer into the England players that winning attitude, that could still bring England the World Cup in South Africa.
Forget about the USA game, it’s far better to give away a stupid goal like we did – in our very first game – than in our last game.
And that’s because there’s plenty of time for England to improve as the tournament progresses, and if we can recapture the good form we showed in winning 8 of the 9 qualifying games, we can do it.
And today Peter Crouch has said that Capello has urged the England players to still believe in themselves – despite their disappointing result and performance against the United States – who let’s fact it did play very well.
Crouch, who we expected to start the game, but appeared as a second-half substitute for Heskey, after Emile has missed a sitter – said today:
“The manager knows we can do better.””He told us he saw things in the first game that were encouraging and he has taken them and told us we should still believe in ourselves and what we are doing.”
“Those are the things we need to take into the next game.” “Obviously we can improve and we know that but there were those encouraging signs as well.”
“We were disappointed not to have won the game.” “When we scored the early goal, we thought we’d go on and do that but it wasn’t to be.”
“I think a lot of the first games in groups don’t quite live up to expectations. It’s often the way.” “Hopefully we will go on and do a lot better from now on.”
“We all know that and we have to make sure we get it right, starting against Algeria.” “But we didn’t lose the game, like a lot of people seem to be making out and we’ve got to go forward with confidence.”
We have to hope the England players listen carefully to Capello, who has always been a winner, and we hope he can inject that same steely winning attitude into the England players.
If he can do that then there’s no reason at all we couldn’t win the whole thing in South Africa – no reason at all.
But you have to believe it before you can do it!
But our game on Friday against Algeria will be important – because England need a good win.