ENGLAND MANAGER'S THOUGHTS ON BULGARIA GAME

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Tuesday February 12, 2013 at 4:46pm
So Chris, good win for the boys the other night, did everything go to plan?

First of all I'd like to say thanks to the Bulgarian team for their efforts and the good sprit in which they played the game. With regards our team, the player’s professional approach and the way they played the game means you have to give them full marks.

Obviously it was a much changed England team from the one that lost in Moldova. What was the thinking behind all the changes?

The England team was made up of players from some of the leading small sided teams across the country, many of whom hadn't played or trained together previously but still managed to play an attractive possession based game not usually associated with England.

The style of play was almost the perfect minifootball game based on one-touch football, tell us the philosophy?

Bulgaria started the game well pressing us high but soon realised we possessed the composure to retain the ball, continue with our passing game and then counter-attack exposing the gaps and space behind. Harry Healey (Top Draw) and Kurt Herbert (International) who have played together at club level in particular gave us a great start to the game providing a constant attacking threat.

As the game progressed, we continued to have the majority of possession, dominate the play and scored some nice goals after well worked moves. It really was a pleasure to watch the brand of football being played at times. The technical ability from the England players was outstanding and with many players to return to the squad, plus more be added from the upcoming trials to be held next month we can all look forward to an England team that can compete at the highest level and entertain.

I know you might not want to single out players in what was an all round fine team performance, but tell us who impressed.

Captain Craig Carby (MDU) was faultless both in his play and his leadership off the pitch and I was also impressed with Man of the Match JP Collier (Allstars), I knew he was a good player previous to picking him but he really showed his quality all over the pitch.

And finally Chris, tell us how you feel the team is progressing. 

winning last night against Bulgaria it confirms we have the talent required, looking forward if we have the right preparations in terms of competitive friendlies and regular training sessions to learn the intricacies of Minifootball.
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