No let-up from Capello

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England manager Fabio Capello will demand the same level of intensity from his team for the game against Kazakhstan on Saturday as they demonstrated in the stunning win over Croatia last month.

The Three Lions face the former Soviet state in their first home World Cup qualifier after their victories over Andorra and Croatia.

"Kazakhstan are our third opponents in the group, and it is important we continue the positive start we have made so far," the Italian said in his column for the official match programme.

"This is the first time they have played England and I know how determined they will be to make things difficult for us.

"However, I will be telling the players that so long as we approach the game in the right way, play with a good tempo and maintain our discipline we can get the result and performance we want."

Capello believes England are finally ready to throw off their Wembley shackles.

The Kazakhstan clash will be the first match played at the national stadium since Capello stated his side were more comfortable on opposition soil due to the demanding nature of the England fans.

"Ahead of the previous games, I said that playing away from Wembley was helpful," he said. "I said this because there is often less pressure playing away from home.

"With 90,000 supporters at home, there is great expectancy.

"Now that we have some of that crucial confidence back, I am sure that starting today (Saturday), it will be easier for the players to perform to the best of their ability and that the Wembley crowd will generate a big atmosphere for the team."

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