Capello puts faith in kids

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The future of English football is looking very bright today after a side full of youngsters upset the odds to beat Spain 1-0 at Wembley on Saturday.

Without the likes of John Terry, Steven Gerrard or Wayne Rooney, the Three Lions held firm against the World and European champions, limiting Vicente del Bosque's side to a limited number of chance, particularly in the opening 80 minutes before substitutions took their toll.

Eight of the players who featured in the match were 25 or under, and the result was vindication of the Italian's recent philosophy implemented in the national team.

"They are all really good young players and I think they will be really important for the next Euros," said Capello post-match.

"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."

Frank Lampard's solitary second-half header was enough to win the game, with the Chelsea man nodding in from a yard out after Darren Bent's effort had rebounded off the post.

It was midfield partner Scott Parker who took the praise of his manager at the end of the game though, with the man-of-the-match playing a crucial role in stopping the Spanish chances at source.

Along with defensive pair Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott, England produced one of their finest tactical performances to stop the visitors from penetrating, and it was to Capello's delight that these particular three shone on a great evening.

"He gave an incredible performance. He is improving every game. He is an important player. He can receive the ball from the back four no problem - a really good player," said the Italian on Spurs midfielder Parker.

"These two centre-backs played a fantastic match. They were really, really good. Every time Spain tried to pass through them, they were in good positions. They played with big, big confidence."


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