Capello urges England players to follow lead of Arsenal's Walcott

England boss Fabio Capello wants his players to follow the lead of Arsenal's 19 year-old sensation Theo Walcott. After Walcott's magnificent hat-trick in Zagreb, Capello said: “When I put my faith in Walcott, I had the sensation and belief he could give me that little bit extra. “But he honestly gave much, much more than even I expected. I think it depends on the coach’s qualities to understand when the moment has come to field a youngster. “It’s really important for a young player to gain experience — but the world-class ones emerge rapidly.

England boss Fabio Capello wants his players to follow the lead of Arsenal's 19 year-old sensation Theo Walcott.

After Walcott's magnificent hat-trick in Zagreb, Capello said: “When I put my faith in Walcott, I had the sensation and belief he could give me that little bit extra.

“But he honestly gave much, much more than even I expected. I think it depends on the coach’s qualities to understand when the moment has come to field a youngster.

“It’s really important for a young player to gain experience — but the world-class ones emerge rapidly.

“As it is far more difficult to play in the national team, you can only rely on a youngster if he is really good, and not just playing quite well with his club.

"You play one match and you are judged on it for a month and a half.

“The same goes for the coach. If you don’t win a match in which you fielded a youngster they wonder why you didn’t choose someone more experienced.

“This is a new adventure for me, a new challenge, and what is important now is to be focused and determined.

“It’s a new way of working — it’s harder to get your ideas, desire and tactics across because we don’t spend a lot of time together.

“You have to be able to condense what you want to teach your team.”

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