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Capello: England ready for action

05 Mar 2010 - 08:06:48

Fabio Capello is confident his England side will be at their peak by the time their first World Cup fixture comes around.

England begin their campaign in South Africa with a group stage game against the United States on June 12.

Capello will have been working with his players for four weeks before the tournament kicks off after arranging two warm-up games against Mexico and Japan either side of a training camp in Austria.

The Italian coach is renowned for his meticulous planning and he believes his approach to World Cup preparation will ultimately prove beneficial.

Speaking after the midweek 3-1 friendly victory over Egypt at Wembley, he declared: "Having the players for a month will be really important.

"We can practice different styles, different positions on the pitch and also to prepare set-pieces, which I could not do before this game.

"When we play the first game of the World Cup, we will be ready."

Meanwhile, Capello is reported to have been approached by the Russian Football Federation over the possibility quitting England and taking the reins of their national team following the World Cup.

Newspaper reports claim federation president Sergei Fursenko met informally with him last weekend to discuss the possibility of replacing outgoing national coach Guus Hiddink.

Capello is under contract with the Football Association, on a £6million a year deal, until after the 2012 European Championship and is believed to be unwilling to walk out on England.


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