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Capello to improve spirit

17 Dec 2007 - 08:51:54

Fabio Capello has vowed to restore the fighting spirit to the England team and improve the players' self-confidence.

The Italian will be officially unveiled as Steve McClaren's successor on Monday afternoon, and will start his new role on January 7 after agreeing a four-and-a-year contract with the Football Association.

He told Italy's state broadcaster, Rai: "The England team has lost the fighting spirit it had some years ago. Against Russia the players were not themselves. They must find themselves again.

"When I returned to Madrid for a second time the players there had also lost some character and faith in themselves.

"And since England has not qualified for the European Championship the players there will need to rediscover themselves.

"But I will have material of the highest level. I hope to get back some players who have withdrawn from the team.

"I have coached great players but this team has a nation behind it. It will be a new and difficult challenge.

"I will not have a team to manage every week but I must find the systems to create a group with a winning mentality.

"It is a new country and I will need to understand the customs. It is a different, more difficult world with the press, and I will need to be careful, but the most important thing is to get to work and bring the team back to the place it deserves to be.

"Everyone expects incredible results and that is the objective."


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