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FA chief hails Capello impact

23 Dec 2008 - 08:08:21

Football Association chairman Lord Triesman believes Fabio Capello has managed to rid England of the "funfair" culture which had surrounded previous regimes.

Capello has led a resurgent England to four successive victories in their qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup and on the back of their impressive form, the Three Lions have returned to the top ten of FIFA's world rankings.

The hardline Italian replaced Steve McClaren in the hot-seat 12 months ago and at a time when England were facing severe criticism after failing to qualify for Euro 2008.

"Fabio has been absolutely brilliant," said Triesman.

"His seriousness is so transparent. He does everything in a meticulous way and the distractions are not there.

"There is a sense that the players are being treated as serious athletes. It isn't all a funfair. They react really well to that."

Meanwhile, Triesman doesn't believe Capello will allow complacency to creep into the performances as England seek to secure an early qualification for the World Cup in South Africa.

"We are in a good position in our group, that is self-evident," he added.

"But you never get the sense from Fabio that he thinks a job is over if it only is half done.

"He will see this through to the very last match. There will be absolutely no give in that attitude and the players love it.

"They all feel like winners and I don't quite know when the England side last felt like that."


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