Three Lions boss praises 'fantastic' fans...England manager Fabio Capello was happy with his side’s performance in the 2-1 win over Hungary at Wembley and was pleased that his fringe players pushed their claims for a regular place.
Phil Jagielka controversially opened the scoring for Hungary by turning the ball into his own goal, although replays showed the whole of the ball did not cross the line as Michael Dawson hooked the ball clear. Steven Gerrard then pulled England level before putting Capello’s men ahead after some great trickery in the area.
Speaking to ITV Sport, Capello said he was pleased with England’s display in the first half against a "compact" Hungary team.
He said: “We wanted to see everything really elapse and I am happy with the performance. First 30 minutes we played well, last 10 minutes of the first half not so well, but it’s not easy to play the game because Hungary were really compact. It was hard to find space but I was happy.”
Kieran Gibbs, Adam Johnson, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Bobby Zamora were handed their chance to shine, and Capello was happy with the introduction of some new players to the international scene.
“Second half we could see more players - young players. [The] performance was good and what’s important is that, here at Wembley, we found new players and young players for the future,” he added.
The England supporters were expected to show their anger towards the players during the game but restricted their booing to when the half-time whistle sounded and when Wayne Rooney was substituted.
When asked about how the fans reacted, Capello said: “Very well, thank you. I know the fans always support the team always. I feel we need to win something for these fans. These fans are fantastic.”