Capello on Spain and World Cup 2010

England manager Fabio Capello has revealed his admiration of the way Spain play, which other teams he thinks are a danger in South Africa, and which England player has improved more than anyone else this season.

The interview with Spanish TV is widely reported in the UK press this morning. While there is little new in Capello’s comments - Spain are confident and play a system which is difficult to beat, and the other contenders are Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Italy and Holland - the interview suggests England’s manager has already earmarked Aston Villa’s James Milner as an automatic choice for his squad.

Capello also has some words on the England goalkeeping situation, the Gerrard - Lampard midfield debate, Wayne Bridge and David Beckham. There’s too much of the latter for my liking but I imagine Capello feels he can’t simply ignore the inevitable questions.

And he says England’s preparations are going well and that keeping his best players fit is the most important thing.

Here’s a selection of the reporting on the interview, courtesy of the UK press and one other source:

The Daily Telegraph

The Times

The Guardian


The rest of the papers tend to focus on ex-England serial quarter final loser Sven Goran Eriksson blabbing on about wanting to face his old team at the World Cup. England and the Ivory Coast can’t meet until the semis, so I don’t think he’s paying much attention.

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