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Capello blames England fatigue for Switzerland struggle

England coach Fabio Capello blamed fatigue for their disappointing 2-2 draw with Switzerland.

England came from two goals down to draw their Group G encounter 2-2 with a Frank Lampard penalty and a right-foot shot from second-half substitute Ashley Young, the Aston Villa winger, after goalkeeper Joe Hart had let in two howlers from Switzerland free-kicks.

Capello's side, however, were left hanging on as Switzerland pressed for a winner in the latter stages.

Capello, who claimed he had not underestimated Switzerland, said: "Some players arrived at the last 10 minutes without energy. In modern football if you can't press it is difficult.

"For this reason I was happy for the reaction and for the chances that we created but the last 10 minutes I was worried. I saw the Swiss team doing really, really well.

"I respect all the players. I am focused every time on the game. I know some Swiss players are playing in really important teams. Six players playing in Italy, some coming from Germany and here in England.

"The quality of these players is good. They played today with more energy than us."

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