England focused on Slovenia

20 June 2010 09:38

The Football Association remain fully focused on Wednesday afternoon's crucial World Cup clash with Slovenia and have not had any discussions over the future of Fabio Capello.

If England fail to win in Port Elizabeth, they will almost certainly be heading home after collecting just two points from their opening couple of Group C games and it would inevitably raises serious questions over Capello's future.

But Club England managing director Adrian Bevington said: "We are absolutely focused on Wednesday night's game. Nothing else is in our minds. We are fully supportive of Fabio Capello and the England team and believe they will have the total support of the England fans in Port Elizabeth this week."

There has been plenty of speculation that Capello would resign should England fail to reach the last 16, with fresh stories to that effect appearing on virtually an hourly basis, which the FA are acutely aware they cannot stop.

The England boss, who led the team to nine wins in 10 games in qualification, has refused to say whether he will leave his post if the team fail to qualify from a group they were expected to breeze through.

Capello shot to the top of Inter Milan's wanted list following the departure of Jose Mourinho but, having discovered the 64-year-old was happy to remain where he was, subsequently appointed Rafael Benitez.

At the time it was impossible to imagine results would take quite such a sharp downturn, with Capello's management style now being questioned, as well as his selections.

Earlier, when asked about whether Capello would remain as manager if England failed to progress from the group stage, Bevington told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "Fabio was given a contract until 2012 and nothing has changed in that respect.

"Our position was very clear when we dealt with this three or four weeks ago. Nothing has changed as far as we are concerned."

Source: PA