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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Oct 16, 2008

Capello calm but confident after fourth win

Manager Fabio Capello is refusing to get carried away with thoughts of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup finals despite England's record-breaking start to their group campaign.

England's 3-1 win over Belarus in the Dinamo Stadium means they have won the opening four qualifiers in the FIFA competition for the first time.

They are well on course to participate in South Africa in 20 months' time after Wayne Rooney's two goals took his tally to five in the last three internationals.

But Capello has his feet firmly on the ground even though England have scored 13 times in their four matches.

The Italian said: "I think it's a very important victory. I said before the game that this would be a hard game having seen the way Belarus had played against Argentina, Germany and the Ukraine and I meant it.

"It's a good three points and we are in a good position in the group now. But it is just three points and it is only one step further. This, for me, must be remembered.

"The good for me is we have the style and the confidence now. The confidence is the most important thing if you want to win."

Rooney has now scored five times in his last three appearances for his country - a sharp contrast to the long barren spell before that - and he again formed an effective partnership with Emile Heskey.

But Capello preferred to put the emphasis on the quality of the team performance rather than any individual.

He said: "Yes, I think Heskey and Rooney did very well and the movement of both is very good. They are quick, they are strong and they know how to play good football together very well.

"Rooney is a very important player for us and is playing very well at the moment. He is having a 'magic' time at the moment.

"But it was not only Rooney. Heskey and (Steven) Gerrard played very well. (Wayne) Bridge played very well, also the defending midfielder. This was about how we played like a team.

"Belarus played well and it's not easy to play against them, but we were compact. We played like a group.

"It is not about relying on one or two players creating something. It a team performance. That is important to me."

Belarus coach Bernd Stange admitted: "It was a very hard game for us and the second goal for England broke us totally.

"We don't have players like at clubs like Chelsea or Liverpool, or Everton but the game we produced in the first half was something we should be proud of.

"The first half we played was the best we've ever produced in Minsk - but it was not good enough to beat England.

"They are stronger, better and with physical strength. They had too much power for us. That's why it was so difficult."

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