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Del Bosque: England will not be easy to defeat

Vicente Del Bosque (pictured above) has dismissed suggestions England should prove easy prey for Spain in this evening's friendly at Wembley.

England have been affected by injury and disciplinary problems and are set to start some of their fringe players against the world and European champions.

Del Bosque believes they will provide strong opposition whoever is selected and feels Wayne Rooney could yet make an appearance, despite an indication to the contrary by coach Fabio Capello.

"The English side are being a little bit too modest about themselves," Del Bosque said.

"England have a great team that is skillful, powerful and physically strong.

"As ever when you are playing England, it will be a challenge against a very good side.


"Whoever England put out, even if it's an experimental side, it will be the right team.

"We have nothing but good feeling for Fabio in Spain, we know him well.

"He might be playing a game in saying he won't play Rooney, but he'll pick a strong team with or without Rooney."

Spain are currently dominating world football and Del Bosque believes the Premier League has played a key role in their success.

The coach insists the experience accumulated on British shores by the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres has helped address Spain's "complex" at international level.

"It's been absolutely vital that we've had such a crop of players play in the Premier League, and young players too," he said.

"I've always said it's been one of the key factors that's helped us achieve our success at international level.

"By travelling abroad and having players in different leagues, like the Premier League, has enabled us to shed that complex that we always used to have when playing at international level."