Calamity - James in the dock again as England fall to a spot kick but don't panic says Fabio, it'll be OK by September


Last updated at 08:30 27 March 2008

Fabio Capello told the country not to panic last night after England slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Euro 2008 favourites France.

David Beckham's 100th cap and Rio

Ferdinand's arrival as captain were overshadowed

by David 'Calamity' James who gave away

a first-half penalty when he brought down Nicolas

Anelka, enabling Bayern Munich winger

Franck Ribery to score from the spot.

Anelka and James

Up and over: Nicolas Anelka goes flying under the challenge of David James, handing France their penalty winner


failing to create any decent chances in 90 minutes, England boss Capello said he

was optimistic about the future

and insisted he will fine tune

his squad in time for the start

of the World Cup qualifying

campaign in September.

He said: 'We will be ready for

the friendly against the Czech

Republic on August 20. We

made progress compared to

the Switzerland game and I'm


Capello refused to blame

James for the penalty while

the goalkeeper said: 'I am

disappointed with it, but I was

a bit exposed. Anelka is not

short of pace and I tried to get

out of the way of him, but he was just a bit too quick.'

The England coach claimed he

has a clearer picture of the

players he will use for the 2010

World Cup campaign after this

showing in Paris.

'I saw some very good things,

especially because we were

playing against a top level

team,' added Capello.


showed us what our value and

worth are. The team showed

that they did not want to lose

the game so I'm happy.

'Another thing I am happy

about is that we played two

different ways. My ideas about

the future are a lot clearer.'

Capello scrapped the 4-5-1

system at half-time, sacrificing

Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard

and Joe Cole, but his side still

failed to make an impact.

The England chief substituted

100-club newcomer Beckham

in the 60th minute. Beckham

said: 'When I first started

playing for England I never

dreamed of getting 100 caps.


want to carry on, I've proved

my fitness and I felt great. It is a proud moment. To be up

there with Bobby Moore, Peter

Shilton, Billy Wright, and Sir

Bobby Charlton makes me feel

honoured to be in their company.'

Capello, who has a friendly

against the U.S.A. in May and

Trinidad & Tobago in June

added: 'I was very happy with

Beckham's game.'

There are number of injury

concerns. Frank Lampard

missed the game with a

stomach upset, while Jonathan

Woodgate (hamstring), John

Terry (hamstring), Gerrard

(hamstring) and skipper

Ferdinand (hamstring) are all


Ferdinand, who was captain

for the first time, said: 'It was a

huge honour, there is no

prouder man on the planet.'

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