London, Oct.7 : England football team coach and manager Fabio Capello has called upon the team's supporters to stop the tradition of booing their own players and change the atmosphere of new Wembley as a ground in which the home side are often more intimidated than their opponents.
Having beaten Croatia 4-1 in Zagreb, Capello can be sure of a hero's welcome when England play Kazakhstan at Wembley on Saturday, but just to be sure he spelt it out to fans yesterday.
The boos that accompanied the admittedly dire 2-2 draw against the Czech Republic in August were echoed when England left the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona goalless at half-time against Andorra. However, since then, the Group Six of the 2010 World Cup qualification campaign has been a walk in the park for Capello.
"I was very happy with the players' attitude and performances against both Andorra and Croatia. There has been steady improvement in every game since we played Switzerland in February, and we are gradually seeing the players' confidence return," The Independent quoted Capello, as saying.
The England manager's assertion that "we must not get carried away with the performance against Croatia - it was one win" will resonate with many, but it seems he is not yet prepared to make sweeping changes for Saturday's game.