Glenn Hoddle says Fabio Capello tactics are too rigid

Monday 21 March 2011 14:04

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle believes Fabio Capello's team are destined to fail in their trophy mission if the coach perseveres with a 4-4-2 formation.

Hoddle, who succeeded Terry Venables after Euro 96 and was dismissed from the England job in February 1999, considers Capello's favoured formation too predictable.

And he warned that England, who face Wales in Euro 2012 qualifying on Saturday, will have little chance of triumphing at major tournaments unless there is a change in formation.

Hoddle told a live video chat on ESPN Soccernet: "It's a problem to us at the moment.

"I think (Frank) Lampard and (Steven) Gerrard are made for three in midfield.

"Those two, with a sitting player behind, are tailor-made to get in the box and do what they're good at.

"I don't see us winning anything if we stick to a rigid 4-4-2."

Hoddle added: "Too many times in the World Cup you could see the shape when we were in possession and we were too easy to close down and that was our problem."

He explained: "I don't see flexibility with England at the moment.

"I think we're very rigid with the way we're playing."

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