Fabio Capello has warned England’s players they must adapt to his tactical requirements if they want to succeed with the national team.
Capello was relatively pleased with the way his team responded to his instructions in the win over Switzerland, but he believes they can be 20 percent more effective by showing more discipline and demonstrating better movement.
“English players are tactically fine, they know how to move tactically. But every coach has his own ideas and characteristics,” Capello said.
“Disciplined on the pitch, with good movement as a team, and at the same time capable of stressing the qualities and abilities of each individual player.
“The England players will have to do what I ask of them. Against Switzerland what I asked over three days in terms of team movement and schemes was performed at 80 percent.
“I had seen most of them in action before, but watching them on TV doesn’t allow you to appraise them off the ball. You can only verify their tactical level from the pitch.”
Capello links up with England’s players for their friendly against France next month. He hopes his English will have improved by then.
“It is fundamental to speak the language, particularly before kick-off and during the interval, for tactical plans and psychological support. The latter can be more important at times than the former,” Capello said.
“But I’m happy with my language progress. The only difficulty, when I tour Premier League matches, is that different people in different accents talk to me, and in some instances I can hardly understand a word!”