Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Must Do Better; Up with the News: How the Standard Reported Yesterday That In-Form West Ham Defender Matthew Upson Would Start against Switzerland

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Must Do Better; Up with the News: How the Standard Reported Yesterday That In-Form West Ham Defender Matthew Upson Would Start against Switzerland

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Byline: KEN DYER

ENGLAND'S players were warned today they are going to have to play "alittle bit better" if they want to achieve on the international stage.

The frank assessment came from Fabio Capello's right-hand man Franco Baldiniafter he saw England struggle to beat Switzerland 2-1 in a patchy performanceat Wembley last night.

It was the new Italian management team's first game in charge and Baldini leftthe team in no doubt that they need to do more to impress him. He said: "Wedon't want England playing the Italian way. This is England, they have to playthe English way but maybe a little bit better.

"I thought it was a normal performance from an England team. We have to playmore with the ball, to be more confident and it is our job to put thisconfidence into the players.

"To play in the way we want we have to have more technique, more skill. We haveto practise, practise, practise but unfortunately we have only a few days withthe players this time. …

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