Capello reveals how he aims to conquer the world

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London, Sep. 13 (ANI): England football coach Fabio Capello is working on a master plan which he believes will turn England into World Cup winners.

The England chief, fresh from Wednesday's 5-1 thumping of Croatia, is preparing to: ive Matthew Upson and Joleon Lescott more games because of injury fears over John Terry and Rio Ferdinand;

With qualification assured after England's eighth straight victory in Group Six, Capello's World Cup plans are already well advanced.

The potentially world-class partnership of skipper Terry and Ferdinand has played together just six times in 18 matches under the new boss.

That central defensive pairing played just TWICE in the opening eight qualifiers.

Capello fears frequent injuries to Terry or Ferdinand could seriously affect our chances in South Africa.

Capello has an excellent working relationship with all the Premier League managers where player fitness is concerned, but will speak to them all individually before the tournament. He is acutely aware of Sven Goran Eriksson's antagonism of the top bosses, including Sir Alex Ferguson, in the build-up to previous finals and will not implement physiology tests during the season.

Capello said: "The most important thing when you go to the World Cup is the physical condition of the players, to have the best ones fit. It's also important to keep their feet on the floor. It's a long way to the final.

"We have to go step by step and forget what was done before. We have won eight games, but it's nothing."

Even though Beckham plays an increasingly marginal role in the England team, the LA Galaxy midfielder remains central to Capello's plans.

He is convinced his attitude around the squad is an example to every player. Beckham, 35, travels halfway around the world to join up with the squad and his commitment will be rewarded.

The Italian was impressed with Beckham's performance, especially with his ability to retain possession, in the 2-2 draw with Holland last month. He will also sign for Milan again on loan in January to help get to his fourth tournament.

Owen is unlikely to be there alongside him. The Manchester United forward has not played for his country since the 1-0 defeat against France last March.

Capello will continue to monitor his progress at United, but he is planning for a World Cup without him.

The aim has always been to create a squad that was tough to break into and that has been done by creating a winning mentality. (ANI)

Story first published: Sunday, September 13, 2009, 12:55 [IST]
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