Following England’s 1-0 victory in the friendly against Sweden yesterday, boss Fabio Capello has praised the squad for remaining unbeaten in the nine games they have played this year.
Gareth Barry’s deflected header into the back of the net from a Stewart Downing cross made its way into the history books as England’s 2000th goal, and also marked the first time the national squad has defeated Sweden since 1968.
Speaking of his young squad after the game, Capello said: "Good results are important. I have been especially interested in the last two games we've played against Spain and Sweden. Those were difficult games. We're unbeaten in 2011 but that is just a statistic. It will be important now what we do in the Euros, not what we've done this year.
“It's important to beat Sweden after 43 years. But, for me, it was more important to see Phil Jones, Kyle Walker and Jack Rodwell play against a team which is really organised on the pitch and difficult to face. These three players played really, really well. I changed the system and played with three midfielders and three forwards. I needed to see Jones in the position where Scott Parker usually plays.
"These three players are very good technically, very good physically and all three are fast. That is important in modern football."
Capello wasn’t completely happy with England’s performance, however, adding: "One thing I didn't like during the game was there were too many passes to our goalkeeper, which always produces a long ball.
"I'd like to see in the next games we play that we improve our movement with and without the ball."
It has been announced by UEFA that England will be in the second set of seeds for the Euro tournament, alongside Germany, Russia and the 2006 world champions Italy. Top seed Spain join the 2010 world cup runners up Holland and Euro hosts Poland and Ukraine, while Republic of Ireland are in the fourth group along with Denmark, Czech Republic and France.
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