Capello vows to bust two ghosts of England's World Cups past

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London, May 6 (ANI): Coach Fabio Capello has assured that two ghosts of England's World Cups past, the Germans and penalties, will be busted by the team he is busy giving finishing touches.

Capello will submit his provisional 30-man England World Cup squad to FIFA next Tuesday, which will be brought down to 23 on June 1.

Capello has drawn a comparison with the task put in front of him when he was officially appointed manager in December 2007.

"I have tried to take a detached view from this 'not having won in 44 years' idea. When I first got here we had this Croatian ghost (the Wembley defeat under Steve McClaren that saw England miss out on Euro 2008). I hope the same thing happens with the ghost of 66.

"I like the Ghost Busters idea. Let's go with that because I want to take this team as far as possible," The Daily Express quoted Capello, as saying.

Capello is worried some of his stars will be tired when England meet for the start of their first Austrian training camp on May 17 and believes Germany could benefit from the Bundesliga's winter break. The English players will arrive a bit tired, but in one month, with the doctors and the training, we will be fit for the start of the World Cup," he said.

England lost on penalties to the Germans in the 1990 World Cup and Euro 96, and has lost subsequent shoot-outs against Argentina and Portugal.

"We practise penalties in training every time we stay together, but it is easy to score then because the pressure is not the same as having to score to win a game," said Capello. (ANI)

Story first published: Thursday, May 6, 2010, 16:37 [IST]
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