Capello believes he can change England’s fortunes

2010-06-29 09:41

Fabio Capello has given insight into the future of the England team

after its miserable World Cup exit.

The England manager, who says he wants to stay in the post, has

been told he must wait two weeks before his employers, the Football Association,

decide whether he will complete the two years of his current contract, which

takes him up to the end of the Euro 2012 finals.

But the Italian is already discussing ways of refreshing his team

for the Euro 2012 qualifiers after seeing the way his experienced side, many of

whom have played in two or even three previous major tournaments, failed to


With typical self-confidence, the former AC Milan, Juventus, Roma

and Real Madrid manager feels he did everything right to prepare his team, but

was let down by his players, particularly in a 4-1 last-16 exit against Germany,

which was England’s biggest World Cup finals defeat.

Now, his own future aside, the biggest debate in England is which

players should be dropped and who should be brought in to rescue English

football from yet another low point.

Capello was, as expected, tight-lipped on the former of those two

questions, but he was happy to discuss the players who could potentially be

drafted for a new era next season.

“We talked about this with my staff,” he said. “I think we will

find two or three new players, probably, for the Euros.

“Adam Johnson, the Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs. Also Michael

Dawson, although he is not young.

Also Gabriel Agbonlahor and Bobby Zamora, who

was injured this time. And another player we will hope will be fit is Owen


“The best young players are in the under 21s and are not ready to

play here at the World Cup.

But I hope in the next year or six months, people

will come through.

I hope Theo Walcott will be back and his shoulder is ok.


Jack Wilshere is another interesting player.

 I hope some good players will be

ready in six months, it’s possible.”

But Capello, who also hinted at a big future for goalkeeper Joe

Hart, knows his brave new world with England will be subject to the same

restrictions and problems that affected the current squad.

With only 38% of players in the Premier League eligible to play for

England, the talent pool remains shallow and the intense, physical nature of the

league means injuries and tiredness are par for the course.

“I know a lot of things about the players and what happened,”

insisted Capello as he made a case for two more years in charge.

“I know more

now than before because I realised what happened when we arrived at the World


I understand more things.

“And I understand one thing really important, I understand why

England didn’t win before.

The England players arrive at the end of the season


“Every game we played in this period, seven games in all, including

friendlies and at the World Cup, I never saw the players I see in the autumn or

two months after Christmas.

They were training well, were focused, but they are

not the same players, not as fast or quick.

“I want to change something, but it’s impossible, there are too

many games in the season.

They play Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday,


That, if Capello does remain in charge, could prove to be his

biggest challenge, but he is adamant he wants a chance to prove he can change

England’s fortunes.

“I prefer to stay,” he insisted. “We need time to recover and be


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