By Lee Price
Much of this week’s pre-international coverage has focussed on John Terry’s fitness, a poor will-he/won’t-he saga. England shouldn’t be too concerned with their Captain’s absence, a lower league defence would surely suffice to stave off the Kazakh threat.
Despite being, by land size, the ninth largest country in the world and possessing vast quantities of oil, Kazakhstan are far from a footballing force: ranked just 131st in the world, below Ethiopia.
The former Soviet state are unlikely to cause too many concerns for Capello’s men, however incoming manager Bernd Storck has revamped the team he inherited- giving opportunities to talent in the Under 21s squad.
The German has been vocal in the media, warning that Capello has under-estimated his side and that England don’t know enough about the Kazakh players. The reality is: if they were good enough, England would know enough.
So Storck is adamant that his team will attack and ‘be aggressive’, whatever that means. The German’s reign could well be a short-lived one if he sticks to his words- opening up against a team of England’s calibre is suicidal.
No wonder England are heavily odds-on to romp past their opponents this afternoon: expect the boys in white to win by at least three clear goals.
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