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Capello allowed England players to drink before Slovenia match

Fabio Capello has admitted he allowed his England players to drink beer the day before they defeated Slovenia 1-0 to progress to the World Cup Round of 16.

The Italian tactician said he used his imagination and lifted his strict boot camp rules to let the players relax leading into the vital clash.

"The players were allowed to drink beer before the game. You can ask them. I changed something, I used my imagination. It was free South African beer," he admitted.

"For us, it was really important. We had to win. We won. I saw the team really well on the pitch, with the spirit that we'd lost in the games we played before this game."

Capello also praised the performance of his side who could have fallen into the trap of Slovenia playing for a draw.

"The performance of the team was really, really good. We had a lot of chances to score the second goal, but we didn't score and we suffered in the last few minutes," he added.

"It's possible in football sometimes to draw or lose a game from nothing. Slovenia played a good game, but I know that sometimes, when you have to play for a draw, you don't play at the same level.

"I spoke with the players before the game but I reminded them that, while we had to win, it wasn't easy for the other team to arrive with a draw."

Andrew Slevison
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