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Capello eyes positives after loss

Fabio Capello
Capello looked for the positives following England's defeat to Brazil

England coach Fabio Capello insisted he had learned lessons from his side's 1-0 friendly loss to Brazil, despite being outclassed for long periods in Qatar.

Nilmar scored the only goal but it could have been more for the five-time world champions, who missed a penalty.

However, Capello reasoned: "We played the best team in the world.

"Still, I learned some things. I understand the value of some players against this sort of team better now - but I will not single out players."

Having started the match with a host of regular first-teamers unavailable, Capello selected an XI made up almost exclusively of fringe players.

Captain-for-the-day Wayne Rooney and Gareth Barry were the only starters who could lay claim to being a regular under Capello, and Brazil controlled possession and the tempo throughout.

And it could have been worse for England had Luis Fabiano not missed from the spot after keeper Ben Foster had felled Nilmar minutes after the striker's winner.

"I was happy enough with the first half performance," the Italian said, "but after they scored their goal we lost our shape a bit.

"But Brazil are the best team we've played under me, I think, and they had their first XI out there. When I have my first XI, we will be better."

Rooney, though, struggled to see the bright side, despite taking on the captain's armband for the first time.

"To be named captain was obviously a proud moment for me and my family, but first and foremost I'm disappointed by the result," said the Manchester United frontman.

"It was a difficult game for us. We created some chances but Brazil were the better team and deserved to win.

"We're better than we showed tonight. We're looking to improve with every game and thankfully it's only a friendly. We'll try to move on from this."

One player who emerged from the match with credit, though, was Foster, who made some good saves either side of the goal.

The United keeper admitted, though, that he was lucky to only receive a yellow card when he felled Nilmar after the Brazilian had latched on to Wes Brown's poor back-pass.

"I was lucky to stay on the pitch, I have to be honest," he said. "I thought I was a goner, but then there were a few strange decisions from the officials.

"I think we gave a good account of ourselves with what was a depleted squad and I just hope I've advanced my case to be part of the World Cup squad.

"Every time I've come in, Fabio has given me a chance and he's doing wonders for me. I just want to play."



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see also
Brazil 1-0 England
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