Lampard – Capello gives players confidence to win World Cup

The Chelsea midfielder frank Lampard scored twice as England beat Croatia 5-1 and ensured their appearance at the World Cup Finals next summer in South Africa.

Frankie has praised the England manager Fabio Capello, saying that he believes that his country can win the greatest prize with Fabio at the helm.

“He’s had great success and it’s not by chance,” said Lampard.

“He is a fantastic manager and his biggest Midas touch has been getting us working together as a team and as a unit.

“You can see the results of that pretty much in every game of the qualifying round.”

He added: “It gives us confidence that he will get it right at a tournament, when a decision needs to be made on team selection or making a substitution.

“But it’s the players as well. You have to give Aaron Lennon great credit for coming in and playing like he did against Croatia.

“We are a group. The manager is obviously a fantastic manager and the players have implemented what he wants us to do out on the pitch.

“There’s no real time for celebration because it’s a busy period for all of us with our clubs.

“But we all have a nice feeling inside to take back with us. We knew what it was like not to qualify but now we have qualified in style – and that’s something we should enjoy.”

John Terry agreed with him completely. He said: “Fabio has brought a lot of stability. When he came in, we were at a low point in our careers and as a nation collectively.

“He has instilled a lot of confidence. He has come in from day one and told us exactly how he wants to play. He has believed in us.

“To have a manager to come in and believe in us so much, after what happened before, has given us the confidence and trust in him and his formations, the players he selects, and the training he does.”

Terry added: “I think when Fabio first came in we realised it was going to take time. With the series of friendlies, when he first came on board, we got things out of our system.

“He told the lads how he wanted us to play. After games we sat down, as we still do now, and went through things to try and improve things.”

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