Fabio Capello is confident his training camp in South Africa will ensure no repeat of the situation that accompanied England in Baden-Baden four years ago.
FIFA have yet to confirm the bases for the 32 teams at this summer's tournament in South Africa but Capello has declared himself happy with the progress at the proposed site in the north-west of the country, even though construction is not completed.
The England manager visited the complex near Rustenburg on his way to the pre-FIFA World Cup™ meeting with 18 other national coaches at Sun City, and the site's isolated location means WAGs and members of players' entourages will be at a distance. That was not the case when England played in Germany during their last major tournament, but Capello said: "When I started this period I hoped it would not be the same."
Capello is due to announce his squad at the weekend for the final friendly before the domestic season ends and the focus switches to South Africa. Capello was given assurances that the medical centre at England's proposed base will be delivered on time and pitches will be up to standard, with the training facilities appearing to be of greater importance than the Team Workshop he attended.
"I'm really happy," he said. "We checked everything and it improved a lot from the last time we stayed here. The pitches are good and will be better for June. The pitches and the centre we choose will be very important for us. The hotel is really, really nice and the medical centre will be ready in two months. I'm really, really happy because it's the third time I've stayed here and the facilities are fantastic. We visited four different places and this was the best. We have to sign but we are ready for the signing of the contract."