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Saturday 17 March 2018

Capello makes his point about playing for draw

Fabio Capello has claimed it would be a mistake for England to play for a draw in Montenegro on Friday. England only need a point to seal their place at Euro 2012 following Montenegro's surprise defeat in Wales last month.

If Capello was to play up to the cautious Italian stereotype, he might conclude England's best hope of achieving their aims would be to turn the contest into a drab affair. But Capello is not having any of it.

The England coach has picked five strikers in his squad, the only one of whom who didn't find the net last weekend being Wayne Rooney, and could also call on Frank Lampard, who scored a hat-trick at Bolton on Sunday. "We are going to win this game, not for the draw," said Capello. "If you play for a draw it is a big mistake." As England have a 100pc record in their three matches away, it does seem like good advice.

Capello is wary though.

After speaking with Giovanni Trapattoni, whose Ireland side encountered problems on their trip to Podgorica, which ended goalless, Capello will be watchful.

"Giovanni told me to be careful in every moment," he revealed. "He told me to be careful when we are at the hotel, when we go onto the pitch, when we are in the dressing-rooms, even when we are in the corridor. He said something can always happen."

Irish Independent

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