x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Capello annoyed at late lapse

England's coach was unhappy with his team's lack of concentration and focus as they almost allowed Slovenia to snatch a draw in their friendly at Wembley.

England coach Fabio Capello was unhappy with his team's lack of concentration and focus as they almost allowed Slovenia to snatch a draw in their friendly at Wembley. England were 2-0 up and cruising to an easy win when Zlatan Ljubijankic reduced the arrears six minutes from time. A first-half penalty by Frank Lampard was followed by a 62nd-minute strike from Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe but England were left hanging on towards the end. "I was not happy to concede a late goal because the concentration was not good in the last four or five minutes," said Capello. "We played too slow, we played long balls and didn't play the style I like. "I want the players to focus and concentrate on every minute of the game." Capello made four changes at half-time, removing Emile Heskey from the attack as well as replacing Steven Gerrard, Lampard and Shaun Wright-Phillips. Defoe's goal will have boosted his chances of a place in the starting line-up against Croatia in their World Cup qualifier on Wednesday but Capello would not be drawn on whether the Spurs striker had done enough to get the nod ahead of Heskey. "Heskey played a good game," said Capello. "I had a chance at half-time to see a different style of play with two smaller players. I am still trying different things. "I want to know a lot of things but Jermain always scores when he plays the second half. I want to use the time before the next game to decide. I am happy tonight. Friendly games are very important preparation for me. "Slovenia were a difficult team to play against but I learned a lot about individual players but I cannot share anything. "We had a lot of chances and we have no injuries."

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