Capello has no draw worries
04 Dec 2009 - 07:51:08
Fabio Capello insists England fear nobody ahead of Friday's eagerly-anticipated draw for the World Cup finals in South Africa.
The Three Lions and the 31 other teams involved in next summer's competition will learn their fate in a draw which begins at 1700 GMT in Cape Town.
But following suggestions that England could find themselves in a 'group of death' despite being seeded in the top pot, Capello insists his side fears no-one as they must beat the best if they are to be crowned world champions.
France and Portugal are among the unseeded European teams who could end up in England's pool alongside an African powerhouse like Ivory Coast or Ghana.
However, Capello is in bullish mood ahead of the draw, saying: "No I don't worry about that (a hard group).
"You have to play against all of the teams at some point, but of course if you play against the best teams it's not so easy to pass the first round.
"If we want to win you have to play against all of the teams. It is not important which team we have to play in the group."
Meanwhile, midfielder David Beckham agrees with the sentiments of his coach.
The former captain, who is attending the draw as an ambassador for England's World Cup bid in 2018 or 2022, added: "It's always good to be seeded and be up there with the best teams in the world but in the World Cup it's not about staying away from certain teams.
"If you want to go all the way in the competition you have to come up against them at some point.
"You are going to have to beat the best teams and the best players so it doesn't really matter when you come up against them."