London, Jun 16 (ANI): Coach Fabio Capello believes that Germany's fear of facing the Three Lions in the World Cup is behind football legend Franz Beckenbauer's criticism of the England team.Ahead of a possible last-16 meeting between England and Germany, Beckenbauer increased the pressure on The Three Lions by saying that their coach Capello, had taken the team backwards.
Germany put up a spectacular show crushing Australia 4-0 on Sunday in sharp contrast to England's dismal 1-1 draw against the US.
The Telegraph quoted sources as saying that Capello, who has a good relationship with Beckenbauer, has not taken the attack too seriously, and merely regards it as an attempt to put more pressure on him.
Beckenbauer, who led Germany to World Cup glory in 1974, said: "It looked to me as if the English have gone backwards into the bad old times of kick and rush. What I saw from their 1-1 draw against the USA had very little to do with football. And I am not sure if the England coach Fabio Capello can change much."
England may play Germany in Bloemfontein on June 26, if they fail to win Group C and the Germans top Group D.
Sources claimed that Capello was not surprised by the outburst and, in some ways, regards it as a compliment. "They are scared of us because we can crush each other," one source said. (ANI)