England manager Fabio Capello has given a fascinating interview in FIFA’s December issue of their magazine.
Fabio Capello – get some idea of the Italian’s thinking – and it’s good
Capello is now 62, and has had a fantastic career in football both as a player and a top class manager.
He celebrates a year in charge as England manager next month, a year in which he has put England into a very strong position to qualify for the World Cup in 2010 in South Africa, with 4 wins in our first 4 qualifying games, and some excellent performances to go along with that.
Capello has made many changes in the way the players eat and conduct themselves generally, while on England duty, and certainly the lads look very smart in their England suits, as does Fabio, who seems very proud to be managing the country where football all began.
Fabio told the FIFA magazine:
“For example, I impressed upon them the advantages of a Mediterranean diet over ketchup and chips.” “I have also put some rules of conduct in place for when the national team meets up, from eating breakfast together to the use of mobile phones, which must be switched off from time to time.”
“The players have been very co-operative and that is a clear indication of the high level of professionalism at their clubs.” “Arsenal’s academy, for instance, is the perfect example of how young players should be brought along at all European clubs.”
“Football always has to be a reflection of a country’s culture. I don’t want to change the characteristics and the traits of English footballers.” “I just want to instil more discipline and teach them to work better as a team. Having said that, I do allow each player room to develop his own style within the role that I assign to him.”
“To be able to train a team, you have to know the football jargon of that particular country. My English is good now and I’ll soon be fluent. Apart from Italian, I also speak Spanish well and I have a working knowledge of both French and German.”
“I do not believe that being England coach is quite the ‘mission impossible’ that it is always made out to be.”
One of the few things the Newcastle club have done right in the last year or so, is put in place an Academy that is built on the successful system used at Arsenal, and we have already brought in a number of top young players and are now top of the Academy League. That gives us some confidence for the future, in these difficult times for the club, as long as we continue in that direction.
Capello wishes there were more home-grown stars available, and he believes such a shortage of English talent is disappointing, and even more so when some top players have retired from International football.
“Unfortunately, only 40 per cent of the players in the Premier League are English.” “It is a shame Carragher and Scholes have retired”
“By way of comparison, 64 per cent of the players in Serie A are Italian, 63 per cent of the players in the Primera Division are Spanish, 53 per cent of the players in the Bundesliga are German and in France, 57 per cent of the players in Ligue 1 are French.”
“That means I have a smaller pool of players at my disposal, but fortunately they are of excellent quality. It is just a shame players such as Jamie Carragher and Paul Scholes have retired from international duty — I could certainly have used their experience.”
Jamie Carragher retired when Steve McClaren never seemd to play him, and with all the traveling he just thought it wasn’t worth it. It’s still surprising, in Jamie’s case, that Fabio cannot persuade him to come back into the England fold, where we must have a decent chance of doing well in South Africa in two years time.
Jamie is a great player, and he’s needed in the squad to remind the rest of the players what England guts and character are all about, and he an excellent player too, who could fill the right back spot right now, and be available to play central defense if required.
It’s a pity McClaren put him off playing for England, but Steve’s gone now, and we’d love to see Jamie return to the international fold.