Capello: I believe the children are our future
By Rob Casey
Monday 14 Nov 2011 18:44:00
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With the golden generation proving to be more of a fake-tan-orange, Fabio Capello is continuing to leave his legacy on English football by providing the opportunities needed for Stuart Pearce’s Young Lions to shine ahead of next summer’s Euros, the first chance for many to step up to the big stage and burst out the sort of power ballad Whitney Houston would be proud of.

 

With the likes of Joe Hart (24), Theo Walcott (22), James Milner (25) and Adam Johnson (24) all figuring against the Spanish, as they have done many times now for England, this international break is, more than anything, the Italian’s chance to show that the next generation are ready, or at least will be in time for the next major tournament, only a matter of months away now.

 

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A start for Phil Jones (19), as well as substitute appearances for Jack Rodwell (20), Danny Welbeck (20) and Kyle Walker (21) afforded England the bragging rights that we no longer rely on our generation of 30-year-olds to win the games that don’t count. We’ve got a crop of youngsters coming through now with every chance of disappointing the nation at a much higher level.

 

So, with just friendlies between now and the summer, is it time to mould a young squad together by exposing the raw talent to world quality outfits and hope that their limited Premiership experience will be enough to prepare them for the altogether-different-game-even-though-it’s-still-played-on-grass that is international football?

 

“All of the young players who come from the Under-21s have been monitored for a long time,” said Capello, who has worked closely with Under-21 coach Pearce throughout his reign.

 

“They are all really good young players and I think they will be really important for the next Euros.”

 

Speaking of the Spain game he added: “I saw them play without fear, with personality. I can also see that physically and technically they are good enough to play with the seniors.”

 

So does this mean that more of them will receive starts against Sweden? Will we see Daniel Sturridge get his debut too?

 

Capello has suggested that there will be changes, with an emphasis on youth. After all, the lip reading experts who have been analysing John Terry recently have also concluded that during the second half of the Spain game on Saturday, the Italian was seen mouthing the words to popular 80s hit ‘The Greatest Love of All’:

 

“I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride to make it easier.”

 

Indeed, Fabio. Indeed.

 

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