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England on road for World Cup 2010 qualification: Capello

London, Sept.11 : England football coach Fabio Capello has said that his team is firmly on the road to qualifying for the 2010 World Cup after winning the match against Croatia on Wednesday.

Hailing Theo Walcott for his world class hat-trick heroics against Croatia, Capello was quoted by The Sun as saying: "When he plays like this it's fantastic. He was very dangerous for their defenders and when you are facing someone like Walcott it is not easy with his pace."

Walcott, 19, blasted the first competitive England hat-trick since Michael Owen destroyed Germany seven years ago.

But boss Capello warned: "After Andorra I said he would play fantastic games but he would not play at the same level all the games. He's very young and you have to help him. And when he doesn't play so well, we must support him." Wayne Rooney made it 3-0 as England roared to the top of Group Six with two wins out of two. "The result is better than I expected but not the performance. I said yesterday there was a lot of confidence among the players and we've worked very well for the 10 days that we've stayed together. This result is great but it's just a start. It was a good performance, a good result - but it's only one victory, not more," Capello said.

Story first published: Thursday, September 11, 2008, 13:35 [IST]
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