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Arsenal hero: England can cover lack of pace in defence

Arsenal hero Martin Keown says England's defenders can handle their lack of pace against Algeria tonight.

In his column for the Daily Mail, Keown wrote: "A Jamie Carragher-John Terry partnership is not the paciest, which is why England need to set themselves up differently.

"I've heard Fabio Capello is telling his defenders to get tight on the opposition strikers the whole time.

"The problem is if you are then outmuscled or turned, you have committed yourself and there is space for the forward to run into. John and Jamie should judge each situation on its merits.

"There is no point getting tight and committing if you are not certain you are going to win the ball - sometimes it is better to drop off and try to delay your opponent until you get more support from the rest of your team.

"Just look at how Carragher was turned by USA's Jozy Altidore. He didn't look comfortable and wasn't playing to his strengths. By getting too tight, you're almost beating yourselves."

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