Fabio Capello: Wales will provide tough opposition for England

• England manager hoping for first home win in a year
• Frank Lampard still 'really important player', says Capello

Fabio Capello has warned that England face a difficult match against an in-form Wales in their Euro 2012 qualifier on Tuesday. Having done England a favour by beating Montenegro at the weekend, Gary Speed's Welsh team will be looking maintain their momentum by taking advantage of the hosts' recent poor form at Wembley.

"Tomorrow will be a tough game, because Wales are playing well," Capello said. "I watched the game and they created a lot of chances against Montenegro."

England have won four out of four on their travels since the 2010 World Cup but have not been victorious at home in the same number of games, since beating Bulgaria over a year ago. Capello believes that visitors come with the aim of stifling England but is hoping for a victory in what could be his last competitive game in charge of England at Wembley.

"I hope tomorrow we will be lucky," he said. "It is different when we play away because we can find more space than at home. At home the opposition defends all the time and it's difficult to score more goals."

The need to open Wales up may mean a change to the side that won in Bulgaria, with Capello saying he would alter the system if required. That could mean a return for Frank Lampard, who the Italian stressed still has a role to play – though he stopped short of guaranteeing a return for the Chelsea midfielder.

"Lampard is a really important player. He is ready to play but I don't know if he will play tomorrow," said Capello. "Probably we can change the style from against Bulgaria, as we play at home."

The England manager said, however, that Scott Parker and Gareth Barry, both of whom are one yellow card away from a suspension, would not be protected ahead of England's pivotal final group match against Montrenegro in Podgorica next month. He also had praise for Andy Carroll, after concerns were raised about the striker's fitness.

"Andy trained really well, I spoke with him and told him I was really happy," said Capello. "I told him he must do the same for Liverpool ... I think he will be an important player for Liverpool and for us."

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