Capello explains England's problem

Fabio Capello claims England have failed to challenge for major trophies because the players are exhausted.

Last Updated: 30/07/13 at 14:55 Post Comment

Fabio Capello: Now the Russia manager

Fabio Capello: Now the Russia manager

Fabio Capello claims England have failed to challenge for major trophies because the players are exhausted.

The former England manager said the lack of a mid-season break in the Premier meant the English players were tired by comparison with their rivals in other leagues.

Asked why England had struggled to challenge for honours, Capello said in an interview on fifa.com: "Because they're tired [going into tournaments].

"They're the least fresh of any of the competing national sides, because their league doesn't have a break.

"It's like when you're driving a car: if you stop halfway to put fuel in then you'll definitely get where you want to go, but if you don't then there's always the chance you'll be running on empty before you reach your goal.

"In my opinion the football played in the first half of the English season is much better than in the second half. And because of that, if you want to be a competitive team in the Premier League, you need a really big squad, which is a luxury you don't get with the national team."

Capello, who is now coach of the Russia national side, insisted his time with England had gone well.

He added: "I think it went very well, but it could have gone even better. The way we went out [of South Africa 2010] against Germany still hurts. That aside, I feel satisfied.

"I arrived after the team had missed out on qualifying for Euro 2008, but under me we easily made it through two qualifying campaigns. My win record was very good and I also gave loads of young players a chance, such as Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, James Milner and Joe Hart. Theo Walcott had already played a game for England but he established himself under me. I feel I left a good legacy."

Earlier this week, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said his organisation was not to blame for England's failings.

England boss Roy Hodgson was furious with the Premier League when he discovered big matches are scheduled the weekend before England play vital World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, which take place at the beginning of September.

But Scudamore said: "We have not won the World Cup since 1966. The Premier League didn't start until 1992. What happened between 1966 and 1992? Whose fault was that?"

"It seems to me that if England don't win something it is someone else's fault.

"Let's run the reverse argument. Where does that leave the people at the FA in terms of their accountability?

"It frustrates me enormously because it is so palpably not true. It cannot be our fault on any level."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

recently had to complete a difficult project at work. I had to come in early, stay late. I even had to work some 7 day weeks. Anyway, long story short, I'm now a member of Britain First. Slippery slope.

sailingmagpie
Will The Laughable 'Banter' Defence Lead To Change?

C

rikey, Spain is so exotic, we have cold Tuesday nights in Stoke, they have hot Thursday nights in Eibar

Gollo
Atletico Ready For Another Title Tilt

Y

es, these stats are right. Rio Ferdinand definitely had a better debut than Fernando.

that man
Top Ten Debutants From Opening Weekend...

Footer 365

Rio Ferdinand would love to manage England after his playing career ends

Rio Ferdinand would love to manage England one day after revealing his long-term plans for a future in football as a coach.

Premier League: Former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay promises to co-operate with FA

Malky Mackay says he will co-operate fully with an FA investigation into Cardiff's text message dossier.

Transfer News: Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc wants to move before deadline

Ronald Koeman has confirmed Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc has asked to move on from St Mary's.

Mail Box

Man United Fans Clutching At Straws

While the focus is on Liverpool's move for Mario Balotelli, one Man United fan tries to convince the mailbox with nine reasons why Angel Di Maria would prefer them to PSG...

Rojo Is A Better Signing Than Hummels

There's some big talk in the morning mailbox, which claims that Man United were right to sign Marcos Rojo instead of Mats Hummels. Plus, one Gooner's happy Arteta's out...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property