Brown likens Capello to Sir Alex

October 10, 2008

Wes Brown believes working with Fabio Capello is just like playing for Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Manchester United defender has spent his entire club career hoping to catch Ferguson's eye.

And now he has Capello to please as well following the Italian's installation as England coach.

With John Terry sidelined, Brown is keen to land a defensive slot for Saturday's World Cup qualifier with Kazakhstan at Wembley.

But he realises Capello's standards are just as high as Ferguson's, so he must perform if he is to keep his place.

"There are similarities between the two of them," Brown told the FA.

"They both know what they are doing and relate that to the players.

"They are very in control of themselves and know what they want from their teams.

"They tell the players exactly what they want and from that the players get confidence, which is always a good start.

"With confidence you can go into big games and play very well."

It may be a relative comment given he has scored on only five occasions in his entire career, but Brown is on something of a hot streak.

He broke his international duck in the August draw against the Czech Republic at Wembley and then bagged his first domestic goal of the campaign for United in Saturday's win at Blackburn.

"Obviously I have not scored too many goals in my career, so it's good to have a few in the last few months.

"It's nice to get on the scoresheet and help out, although the fact I have got a couple in such a short space of time is more down to luck than anything else.

"Scoring against the Czech Republic was really big for me.

"It's great to play for your country and to get a goal felt unbelievable.

"In a small way it helped towards what we are hoping is going to be a great period for England."

After spending almost all last season at right-back for United, standing in for injured skipper Gary Neville, Brown is now facing up to the usual challenge for a first-team spot.

Aside from Neville, teenager Rafael Da Silva has emerged as a live candidate in the senior squad, while Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are the established central defensive partners.

It means Brown is relying on his flexibility to get him a chance, as may prove the case with England tomorrow as he could be asked to replace skipper John Terry alongside Ferdinand, or remain in the full-back role he carried out so well in the amazing victory over Croatia.

The result has set a standard which England must not fall below if they are to cruise towards South Africa in two years' time.

Although he feels Saturday's game might be slightly more tricky than many fans realise.

"Kazakhstan may play in a similar way to Andorra so we have to play very well," said Brown.

"We have to be patient and when our opportunities come along we have to take them.

"If you don't perform in these games it's easy not to get the result you want.

"As long as we play as we know we can, I'm sure we can get the result we need."

After an indifferent reaction to England's last few appearances on home soil, the Three Lions supporters are suddenly in bullish mood.

The manner of the win in Zagreb has reignited a passion for the national side which Brown hopes will be in evidence from a capacity crowd throughout Saturday's contest.

"We need the fans behind us," said Brown.

"The last few games the fans have been up and down a little bit, and our performances have not been up to standard.

"But hopefully we can take our performance against Croatia into a match at Wembley and show the supporters what we can do there.

"Confidence is flying straight through the team and I am sure we will do well."