Capello writes off England

Fabio Capello has written off England's chances of success at the World Cup, claiming the players will be too tired to perform in Brazil.

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Fabio Capello: Has written off England's World Cup chances

Fabio Capello: Has written off England's World Cup chances

Former England boss Capello feels Roy Hodgson side's will struggle next summer because of the physical demands of playing so many games in the Premier League.

Capello believes tiredness was the main reason England struggled at the 2010 World Cup under his command, with the Italian a big advocate for a winter break in the Premier League.

The Russia chief believes it will be another struggle for Hodgson next summer because England's players will not be at their peak physical condition unlike many of their opponents.

"England's players will not be at the top of their physical condition," said Capello. "I have told you about this before. And Manaus, where they play Italy, will be really, really warm. That's another difficult thing.

"It's an interesting group and I don't know what will happen. I hope Italy will be good.

"It will be tougher for England. Italy sometimes arrive tired but in England the football is stronger, faster - they never stop.

"In Italy, there is a small break but it is good. You, at Christmas play even more, so it will be difficult. I think they have a good team - always.

"But it is always the same problem - it's simple. Physically, they are good in September, October, November. In March they are so-so, in May - no.

"One of the teams who have won the World Cup - Uruguay, Italy and England - will go home from this group."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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