Fabio Capello hails new-look England

Last updated : 31 March 2011 By Daily Mail

The manager's renewed confidence is such that he is now prepared to make comparisons with a German team that was hugely impressive at last summer's World Cup, having benefited from an injection of youthful players such as Mesut Ozil.

'I hope that people will talk about us like they did about? Germany,' said Capello. 'I hope so. These players are improving a lot and playing with confidence.'

Impressed: Capello (left) watches his England side against Ghana

Capello believes the emergence of players like 19-year-old Jack Wilshere, Andy Carroll, 22, and Joe Hart, 23 and the development of a new 4-3-3 system has produced a fresh-faced England team capable of matching the best in the world.

Germany's new-look team put four goals past England and Argentina at South Africa 2010 before losing to eventual winners Spain in the semi-final.

Debut to remember? Welbeck could still switch to Ghana

But Capello's optimism comes after a comfortable 2-0 victory over Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, which was followed by the thrilling performance on Tuesday against a Ghana side boasting eight of the players who so nearly progressed to the last four of the World Cup.

One player left confused by getting a call-up from Capello is Danny Welbeck, the Manchester United striker currently on loan at Sunderland.

Ghana have tried for two years to persuade Welbeck to pledge his future to the country of his parents' birth, and the striker was booed by Black Stars fans when making his England debut as a late substitute during the 1-1 draw at Wembley on Tuesday.

When told by a Ghanaian journalist he could still change allegiance because the match was not competitive, Welbeck said: 'I didn't know. I'd definitely have a think about it.'

Sportsmail understands the? 20-year-old would prefer an international career with England but said his debut 'was bitter-sweet'. He said: '(Sunderland and Ghana players) Asamoah Gyan and John Mensah have been in my ear, but I've represented England at every youth level up.'

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Source: Daily Mail

Source: Daily Mail