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Brooking: Capello's the man

16 Dec 2007 - 15:39:11

The Football Association's director of football Sir Trevor Brooking is confident Fabio Capello is the right man to rejuvenate the England squad.

The 61-year-old Italian will be officially unveiled as Steve McClaren's successor on Monday when he will put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year contract.

And Brooking, who along with the FA's chief executive Brian Barwick was responsible for appointing a new coach, believes the experienced Italian has all the attributes to bring success back to the England national team.

McClaren was axed after England failed to qualify for next summer's European Championship finals.

"I found him (Capello) certainly of the quality and experience that we heard he was," Brooking told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme.

"And I did believe he will give that dressing room the opportunity to be pulled together and to be given the confidence to express themselves far better than we saw at the end of the (Euro 2008 qualifying) campaign, where I don't think they did themselves justice.

"He thinks he quickly needs to get to know the squad, the players and the individuals to find out why they ended up under performing as much as they appear to him."

Brooking has also revealed that discussions are continuing with the former Real Madrid and AC Milan boss over adding an English coach to his current all-Italian backroom staff.

"I spoke to Fabio about the options and he is very relaxed about it," he continued.

"He has a structure and we did not want to just do it for the sake of doing it.

"We have to see what is best for the English coaching structure and Fabio has been very open."


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