Fabio Capello saluted the spirit among his squad that
has taken England to the brink of the World Cup following Wednesday night's
victory over Andorra at Wembley.
The 6-0 win over the pathetically weak visitors means Capello's men maintained
their 100% record in Group Six and hold a 10-point lead with three matches
left. "We have created a group. This is important, the spirit of
the group. We always play to win," the England boss said. "You
have to win another game to be sure of going to South Africa."
We started very strongly, we pressed and created two chances before
Rooney's first goal," Capello said."Always when you play against
a team that is not strong you have to play quickly, press and win back
the ball. We did this. "We started not so well against Andorra in
our last match. We didn't score before half-time. But step by step we
have moved on and improved. We created a group and a different style on
the pitch. After every game we improved."
Frank Lampard hit the second before Rooney added another, taking him
level with Geoff Hurst's 24 goals for England. Rooney also equalled Tommy
Taylor's record of eight competitive goals in a season but was denied
a chance to establish a new benchmark as Capello took him off at half-time.
Portsmouth full-back Johnson did not score but got the man-of-the-match
award for his assists."I think the confidence is really important
with a player like Glen Johnson for the national team," Capello said.
"It's important for me, the club he plays for and us that he improved
No silly dance from Crouchie, but England are waltzing all the way to
England: Green, Johnson, Lescott, Terry, Ashley Cole, Walcott, Beckham,
Lampard, Gerrard, Rooney, Crouch. Subs: Robinson, Neville, Bridge, Young,
Wright-Phillips, Defoe, Carlton Cole.
Andorra: Alvarez, Ayala, Ildefons Lima, Sonejee, Antoni Lima, Txema Garcia,
Jimenez, Andorra, Vieira, Moreno, Silva. Subs: Fernandez, Gomez, Escura,
Moreira, Rodriguez, Genis Garcia, Vales.
Referee: Hendrikus Nijhuis (Netherlands)