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Capello asks team to learn from mistakes made in Brazil defeat

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Doha, Nov 15(ANI): England manager Fabio Capello has insisted that the team has to learn from their mistakes if they have to dream of winning the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

England were given a tough time by Brazil at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, where they were defeated 0-1 thanks to a header from Nilmar at the start of the second half.

Capello said that if some of the injured players, which includes David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Aaron Lennon, David James, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Ashley Cole, Emile Heskey and Theo Walcott, were available the England team could have done better.

"I learnt a lot. Brazil is a good team technically, they are fast and they are physically strong. It was not easy one to one. We need to be 100 per cent physically against such a team," The News of the World quoted Capello, as saying.

"I always felt it would be a difficult game. But it was interesting for me as I decide the 23 names for our squad in South Africa. I have learnt the value of some of the players. This Brazil team is very good, but our first-choice XI will be better," he added.

The 63-year-old further said that Brazil was the best team that England team has played under him, and it also proved out to be a game where he could sense his strengths and weaknesses.

"I thought we started the game well but after Brazil scored we lost our position and some confidence. We played too slow when we had the ball. This was a really important lesson. Brazil were more used to the weather conditions, but this is not an excuse. In my opinion they are the best team in the world - technically and physically,' Capello said.

"Tonight I think we played the best team in the world, and Brazilian coach Dunga's first choice XI as well. I was happy enough with our first-half performance, but after the goal I felt we lost our shape on the pitch a bit," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Sunday, November 15, 2009, 16:40 [IST]
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