Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Upson Unfazed by Beckenbauer Barb; England Ignore German Legend

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Upson Unfazed by Beckenbauer Barb; England Ignore German Legend

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MATTHEW Upson has warned Franz Beckenbauer that England will adopt the tactics that win the games and ignore his barbed comments about the Three Lions' style of play.

The German has launched a vicious attack on Fabio Capello's side, accusing them of a "kick and rush" approach to the game, claiming they have gone backwards under their pounds 6million-a-year boss. Those comments have been met with a shrug of the shoulders from the England camp, who, as well as Germany played on Sunday, do not believe a single four-goal defeat of an ageing Australia outfit gives them any reason to crow.

Upson was not keen to enter a war of wR E ords with Beckenbauer, who led his team to World Cup glory as a player in 1974 and a coach in 1990.

But he does not feel there is any reason for England to be deflected from their chosen path.

"We will play the football that suits us best," said Upson, who was speaking on a visit to an SOS Village in Rustenburg to spend time with local children, many of whom have been orphaned.

"We want to win matches, so we will play the style according to that.

"Whatever he thinks about our style of play is his opinion.

"If we are accused of kick and rush but win something, I don't think many people would complain." Upson did admit England had been working hard on the training ground trying to iron out the problems that surfaced at the weekend.

Wayne Rooney certainly was not holding back on his return yesterday after a minor ankle knock and John Terry was putting in plenty of meaty challenges too amid a full complement of England players, save for Ledley King.

The groin injury that is almost certain to rule King out until the semi-finals at least has left Capello open to criticism, given he knew about the Spurs man's patchy fitness record long before he selected him in his 23-man squad.

With his replacement, Jamie Carragher, looking fragile as he tried to subdue Jozy Altidore and James Milner lasting only half an hour before being hauled off, it is little wonder the overall performance was met with a generally negative response.

Upson (pictured right) admits there are areas to work on - but reported a Capello reaction that is slightly at odds with the overall perception. …

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