David Beckham is placing his trust in Fabio Capello to lead England to FIFA World Cup™ glory in South Africa next year.
Beckham is enjoying an Indian Summer to his England career after emerging as one of the most valued members of the Italian's squad. Although he is likely to lose his starting berth to either Aaron Lennon or Shaun Wright-Phillips on Saturday for the Wembley friendly against Slovenia, Beckham seems certain to be one of the 23 names in Capello's squad for South Africa.
It would be the 34-year-old's fourth FIFA World Cup. And, having never previously progressed beyond the quarter-finals, he can sense Capello is developing a different attitude. "He has changed the mentality of the players," said Beckham. 'The way the players prepare themselves, the way we spend the week together, is very serious and very concentrated.
He (Fabio) has changed the mentality of the players. The way the players prepare themselves, the way we spend the week together, is very serious and very concentrated,
"It is working because we are not just winning games. We are together as a team. Even when we have come in at half-time and we are not winning, there is a spirit that you can feel. That is what the manager has done. He has given the players confidence."
Although his close relationship with Sven-Goran Eriksson means Beckham is unlikely to compare anyone favourably with the Swede, he also knows how thorough Capello approaches his job. From their time together at Real Madrid, Beckham knows the England coach demands high standards all the time.
The message has got across pretty quickly, which makes it far easier when the Three Lions do meet up. "When you are playing for your country and you are only coming together once a month, or once every couple of months it is always tough," said Beckham.
"But he has brought something to the players where when we have come together it is like you have seen them the day before. I believe we have got a chance if we play like we have been playing and have the togetherness we have shown all the way through the qualifiers.
"You need a certain amount of luck along the way but we have got the players and we have got the team. Everything is set up right. It is only down to the players to perform."