Fabio Capello has revealed that he is dreaming of an England-Italy final in next year's FIFA World Cup™.
The Italian is confident his England team have the quality to go all the way in South Africa and admits his home nation would be his dream opponents in the final in Johannesburg on 11 July. Speaking to French television station Canal Plus, he said: "I would love a final between England and Italy. For Italy, for me and for all of us.
"The strangest moment would be during the national anthems. But, I am wearing a different shirt now and I must work for the England shirt."
I would love a final between England and Italy. For Italy, for me and for all of us.
Capello, whose side have been drawn to face USA, Algeria and Slovenia in the group phase, added: "My team is strong. The fans are proud of what we've done, as are we. There's a World Cup to play for and our goal is to reach the final."
The former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Roma coach reiterated his no-nonsense stance towards discipline and will demand respect be shown for everyone at all times by his players. "I don't accept lack of respect. That means be on time, respect the dressing room code and table manners," he added.
"They are necessary rules to create a group. Functioning in this manner at clubs that I managed has always given results. You must have respect for the people you work with - even those with more modest jobs, the guy who brings the papers, the guy who washes the kit."