Fabio Capello says England have no fear of playing at home
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Fabio Capello insists England have no fear of playing at home despite going four matches without a win at Wembley.
Ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifier with Wales on Tuesday, the England manager also questioned the fitness of Liverpool striker Andy Carroll.
Since defeating Bulgaria 4-0 last September, England have drawn with Montenegro, Ghana and Switzerland and lost to France at Wembley.
"Overall, we have a good record at home. We won 11 games," Capello said.
"This is not fear. When we play away, we have players with a lot of quality.
"They are really fast. When they find space they are really dangerous.
"At home, the other team defends really well. They wait. They close the space.
"If you score a goal, it changes the game.
"But if you need to score one it is different."
Capello explained why £35m striker Carroll was not even on the bench for Friday's match with Bulgaria.
"In Bulgaria, I decided the first XI from players who I felt were in the best form," he said.
"Andy didn't play with last game with Liverpool. He is not at the top of his game.
"But he is big. He needs to play games.
"These players, like [Frank] Lampard and Andy Carroll, will be important when they are in top form."
Meanwhile, Bolton defender Gary Cahill believes he will reap the benefits of playing alongside skipper John Terry as he looks to establish himself as an England regular.
Cahill scored his first England goal against Bulgaria and hopes he has convinced Capello he should keep his place against Wales.
He said: "It seemed to work well [alongside Terry].
"John plays left side for his club and I play right side and I think it fitted really nicely and I enjoyed it.
"Playing with one of the best defenders in world football is going to bring on your game a lot and you are going to learn a lot."