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10 Lessons from Minsk

By David Herman  

1) England has a manager who can change things during a game.

At half-time England did not look in good shape against Belarus. They were being carved up at the back, losing control of midfield and failing to supply the strikers. Belarus looked sharp. Against Kazakhstan Capello made a crucial substitution (bringing on Beckham). Now against Belarus, Capello changed formation, moving Gerrard into the middle and moving Rooney forward as a striker rather than a midfielder. The biggest criticism of Sven and McLaren was that when things went bad they couldn’t turn them around. So far, Capello can.

2) The…

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