Capello backs young Lions for success
Fabio Capello hopes England fans remember him when the team finally end their long wait for a major trophy. Capello has already likened his emerging team to the Germany side that so caught the imagination at last summer's FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
Brought in to try to bring footballing glory to the country that is host to the self-proclaimed 'best league in the world', yet has endured a near half-century wait for any tangible international silverware, Capello knows the odds are against him breaking that cycle at UEFA EURO 2012.
However, in assessing a squad that contains Jack Wilshere, Andy Carroll, Joe Hart and Danny Welbeck, Capello is convinced the good times are not too far away.
"I will be really happy when I have gone to know that I have helped when these players have started winning," Capello said.
"They are going to be really important and when they win the [FIFA] World Cup or another big title I hope everyone remembers that I was a really professional manager and that my job was to find new players not just use the older players."
For all the turmoil that has gone on around him, it now seems certain the Italian will see out the remainder of his contract, or at least remain in post to the end of England's involvement in EURO 2012, whenever that will be.
He remains committed to the job though, so much so that it seems he will be on the plane to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup draw on 31 July, even though he will play no role in the qualification matches themselves. "I will decide, but I hope to go," he said.
A coaches life span
That should not be interpreted as the first sign Capello might be persuaded to stay. Although he accepts different rules apply on the international scene, Capello has always believed four years to be the life span of any coach.
"We only play 12 games a year so it is impossible to get bored," he reflected. "But after four years it is difficult as a club manager because even though you study everything and change the training, it is always the same faces. Its the same coaches, the same tactics.
"It is boring for the players and it is difficult to find something to stimulate them. Only Sir Alex [Ferguson] and Arsene [Wenger] are different. For everyone else it is impossible not to be bored after four years."
As Capello noted signs of weariness in his players at this point 12 months ago, triggering fears about tiredness that England's FIFA World Cup displays merely confirmed, the 4 June encounter with Switzerland at Wembley is loaded with problems.
Despite two very encouraging performances over the past fortnight, England remain in a head-to-head duel with Montenegro for that single automatic qualifying spot from Group G. Switzerland represent the most dangerous opponents besides the eastern Europeans from the four matches remaining and already England know they will be without Wayne Rooney through suspension.
On the evidence of Tuesday's draw with Ghana, it should not be a problem for Capello. However, he knows only too well that FA Cup and UEFA Champions League trophies have to be decided before then, not to mention hugely important issues at the top and bottom of the Premier League table.
"I am concerned," admitted Capello. "I know what is going to happen and I know the next two months will be dangerous because there will be a lot of important games for some players and those players will finish up tired.
"That is why I left some of the players out against Ghana. Maybe some others need to have a week's holiday once the season is over."