Lambert - England need some German knowhow

Canaries boss Paul Lambert says it is time England took a leaf out of the book of old foes Germany. Lambert won a Champions League medal with Borussia Dortmund 13 years ago and studied for his coaching qualification in Germany. And he believes that if England copy the German approach they could turn their current World Cup nightmare into something that can be remembered for the right reasons.

Canaries boss Paul Lambert says it is time England took a leaf out of the book of old foes Germany.

Lambert won a Champions League medal with Borussia Dortmund 13 years ago and studied for his coaching qualification in Germany.

And he believes that if England copy the German approach they could turn their current World Cup nightmare into something that can be remembered for the right reasons.

An opening draw against the US was followed on Friday by an appalling performance in a 0-0 stalemate against Algeria, leaving the England camp in disarray.


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Next up is Slovenia tomorrow afternoon, when England need a win to guarantee qualification from the group stages.

And Lambert says the priority is to forget all about the Algeria performance.

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'The Germans are not analytical, like England appear to be,' Lambert said. 'They just get up and get on with it, with the mentality that they can win every game they go into.'

Germany themselves are not guaranteed a place in the last 16; having thrashed Australia in their opening game they then lost to Serbia, leaving them needing victory over Group D leaders Ghana tomorrow - and hoping that proves enough to claim at least second spot.

But Lambert is confident they will advance.

'Sure, they will hurt a bit after losing to Serbia, but they always step up to the plate when it really matters,' he said. 'Defeat is not part of their mindset. They always do it in big tournaments.

'The Germans teach you never to be analytical. Winning football matches is paramount to them.

'If you can do it with a bit of style, like they did against Australia, so be it. But if not, so what? It's the winning that matters to them.'

Lambert will fly to Frankfurt next month for a coaching refresher course.

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