Fabio Capello: ‘New England’ can sparkle at Euro 2012

Fabio Capello believes England youngsters will be a key part of the squad at the European championships

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Capello has been particularly impressed by Phil Jones' displays PA Photos

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Fabio Capello believes the influx of young talent into the national squad has created a “new England” ahead of Euro 2012.

The England boss opted to use the two recent friendlies against Spain and Sweden as a chance to take a look at some of the country’s emerging stars such as Danny Welbeck, Jack Rodwell and Phil Jones.

And Capello believes the youngsters will continue to improve throughout the season, just in time for next summer’s European championships in Poland and Ukraine.

“Yes. It is [a new England],” he said. “It is something new and very interesting,” he said.

“At the World Cup we had the old players with experience. Now we have young players, who by the time we play in the Euros will be better than they are now.

“They can improve because they are young. They will get more experience. They will play Champions League and in more important games.”

Manchester United’s Jones has been particularly impressive and Capello has compared the 19-year-old to some of the great defenders he has worked with in the past at AC Milan and Real Madrid.

“It is really difficult to find a player like him,” said Capello. “In my career, I have only found two players who could do it, Franco Baresi and Fernando Hierro, and they were pretty good.

“He can play in these different positions, but always at the top level.

“When he receives the ball he always plays without fear. Good passes, good solutions. Every time the best solution.

“It was a really important test for him because now I know if Scott Parker will not be fit I have a solution. He is a talent.”

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