Before yesterday’s England match against Wales, there was much speculation over Fabio Capello’s potential side and in particular, his plans to stop Tottenham’s Gareth Bale. In the end there was only one significant change and that saw Spurs new boy Scott Parker dropped in favour of Frank Lampard who was pedestrian and ineffective throughout.
Asked if he was surprised to be left out of the starting line up Parker said: “I think obviously I was, I’m not going to lie.
“I thought I did well the other day and maybe I would get another chance, but it wasn’t to be and we’ll just keep going and see what happens.”
However, Parker’s new manager Harry Redknapp had a different view. Asked if Capello was right, he said: “Yes. Frank Lampard can give you goals from midfield. Wales play with an anchor man in midfield so that meant at home England could be more attacking.
“Frank is a more positive player and Fabio Capello obviously went for a more attacking line-up, especially with Scott Parker on a yellow card. Different players work for different systems. Parker was great in Bulgaria on Friday but Capello went for a tactical switch.”
Comments there that would certainly curry favour at Lancaster Gate.
For most Spurs fans, the main thing is that Parker emerged from the international week without injury and he could go straight into the starting line up against Wolves on Saturday.