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Capello: England should reach World Cup final

Fabio Capello believes that he has moulded England into a potential World Cup winning side and anything less than qualification for this summer’s final in South Africa would be a personal failure.

The England manager made the comments during an interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa in which he underlined that John Terry is the team’s ‘true leader’ despite being stripped of the captaincy back in March.

‘When I first arrived here, I saw that the players were tired, afraid, without any real sense of belonging,’ Capello said. ‘But by changing their psychology, by talking a lot, imposing rules and putting pride back into the shirt, we have rebuilt the team. It has been amazing. I shook the bolts, made us serious and the group has become concrete.’

Capello made it clear that England can win the tournament despite the calibre of opposition: ‘There are many talented sides in the tournament,’ he said. ‘Spain, Argentina, but especially Brazil. They are a battleship.’

‘But it is not added pressure for me that [the country] expects to win the World Cup. That is part of the game and that is why I came here. For me, not reaching the final would be failure.’

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