We are not used to hearing about opposition players when Fabio Capello speaks, although the Italian is wary that England have failed to win their last two Euro 2012 qualifiers at Wembley and that Wales have a player that can cause the Three Lions some damage tonight.
Gareth Bale announced himself as a world-class player last season thanks to some star performances in the Champions League for Tottenham and the left-sided midfielder has certainly given Capello something to think about after he helped Gary Speed’s team beat Montenegro last Friday.
“Bale is a really important player for Wales,” said Capello.
“I was at Tottenham’s game against Manchester City and he was so-so. But for Wales against Montenegro on Friday he improved a lot.
“He ran a lot and was really fast. When he receives the ball and attacks the space he is really fantastic. It’s difficult to stop him.”
Even so, it remains to be seen whether the visitors will get a great deal of possession against England, with Craig Bellamy a big loss for the Welsh. England must be confident of landing the three points which will virtually make certain that the team feature in next summer’s Euro 2012 finals.