Capello says England can win World Cup

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London, Sep 10 (ANI): England coach Fabio Capello after watching his team crush Croatia 5-1 has said that now they can win the World Cup.

"If we can keep everyone fit and play with the spirit we showed against Croatia, then we can be real contenders. We are one of the best teams in the world and can play against all the sides out there," said England's boss.

Capello's Lions made it to South Africa by crushing Slaven Bilic's side at Wembley on Wednesday, The Sun reports.

"Expectations will be high in South Africa but we have to play to win it because we are England. We have achieved our first target and that is to get to the finals. Now we have time to prepare for the World Cup.

"All the players who have been selected in the squad are very good and I am a very happy man. The first 20 minutes of this game were the best we have played throughout qualification,' Capello added.

Two goals each from Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard plus Wayne Rooney's ninth goal of the qualifying campaign gave England eight wins from eight games in Group Six.

Croatian boss Bilic admitted that his team was totally outclassed.

He said: "This was not a defeat, it was a humiliation. Not in our worst nightmares were we expecting such a defeat. Based on this performance, England can definitely win the World Cup next year. Definitely!" (ANI)

Story first published: Thursday, September 10, 2009, 13:21 [IST]
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