Carlo Ancelotti believes England are a better bet for success at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ than his native Italy. Gli Azzurri are the defending champions following their triumph in Germany, but the Chelsea manager likes the look of the team moulded by his countryman Fabio Capello.

Ancelotti told Radio Anch'io lo sport: "The England team has excellent credentials. They have players who play at a very high level and there are great expectations for the World Cup."

"In Italy the situation is different because they are going through a transitional period. (Coach Marcello) Lippi will do well to unite the players who are emerging within the squad and those who were successful in 2006."

The England team has excellent credentials. They have players who play at a very high level and there are great expectations for the World Cup.

Carlo Ancelotti

Ancelotti has been mentioned as a possible successor to Lippi after South Africa 2010, but reiterated his desire to remain at Stamford Bridge. "Me with the national team? No I am fine here," he said.

"I hope to stay at Chelsea, we have good chances to win things. I hope after Lippi it is an Italian coach, but it is hard to say who the best candidate is."

Carlo lauds Claudio
Ancelotti also had words of praise for one of his Chelsea predecessors Claudio Ranieri, whose Roma side went top of Serie A yesterday with just five games of the season to go. "It is surprising that Roma have overtaken Inter Milan at the top," said the former midfielder.

"But they have had an extraordinary season which has seen Ranieri do things no-one could have foreseen. The Giallorossi have not missed a beat. The one-point lead over Inter now has to be maintained though. And that will be hard as it is not easy."

But Ancelotti believes Ranieri is the man to guide Roma to their first Scudetto since 2001. "Roma needed a coach like him, someone who could unify the squad," said the Ancelotti. "The club made the right decision to take him on."