Bryan Robson wants Fabio Capello to continue to ride his luck during his tenure at the England reins. The Italian has steered the side to the brink of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

The former England captain is delighted at the progress being made and hopes key players stay fit. "Where Capello has been quite fortunate is that he's nearly always had the best players available," said Robson.

When our top players are not available we do not have that next best player to replace them. Ferdinand, Terry, Gerrard and Rooney are really important.

Former England midfielder Bryan Robson

"I feel as though that is where England have fallen down over the last ten years. When our top players are injured and not available we do not have that next generation, that next best player, to come in and replace them.

"That's why people like (Rio) Ferdinand, (John) Terry, (Steven) Gerrard and (Wayne) Rooney are really important to the England team. You do not want them injured for important games."

Robson also believes the players are growing in stature under the Capello. "He is doing a great job - you only have to look at the performances and results, " he said. "All you can do is the job that is in front of you.

"Fabio has done that well and the England boys are very confident. That's great because after the disappointment of not qualifying for the last European Championships it is really important to qualify for the World Cup."

Mike Summerbee, who won eight caps for his country, is also optimistic about the future under Capello. "By the time the World Cup comes around he will have a top side and England will be a very strong force," said the former Manchester City winger.

His influence in the side is fantastic. By the time the World Cup comes around England will be a very strong force.

Former England winger Mike Summerbee on Fabio Capello

"His influence in the side is fantastic and don't forget he was a great player as well. He has a good squad of people behind him and that is important.

"Fabio has brought some discipline to the team. People know what they are doing. No matter who you are, you can be left out. He has a squad that respects him and that situation leads to a successful side."