Capello: We’re fearless

Capello said: “I hope with the Croatia result we have finally knocked the monkey off our back. They need to play with confidence. The confidence I see them playing with for their clubs.

“But also they need to play every game as if it is their last. Victory in Croatia was important because we had lost the English spirit, our aggressiveness, the boldness and our confidence.

“After failing to qualify for Euro 2008 we were full of fear, notably when we played at Wembley.

“I knew we would play better abroad — and we did.”

He continued on Walcott: “When I put my faith in Walcott, I had the sensation and belief he could give me that little bit extra.

“But he honestly gave much, much more than even I expected.

“I think it depends on the coach’s qualities to understand when the moment has come to field a youngster.

“It’s really important for a young player to gain experience — but the world-class ones emerge rapidly.

“As it is far more difficult to play in the national team, you can only rely on a youngster if he is really good, and not just playing quite well with his club.

“You play one match and you are judged on it for a month and a half.

“The same goes for the coach. If you don’t win a match in which you fielded a youngster they wonder why you didn’t choose someone more experienced.

“This is a new adventure for me, a new challenge, and what is important now is to be focused and determined.

“It’s a new way of working — it’s harder to get your ideas, desire and tactics across because we don’t spend a lot of time together.

“You have to be able to condense what you want to teach your team.”