Despite a shambolic qualifying campaign for Euro 2008, losing out to Croatia and Russia under Steve McClaren, the bookmakers go as short as 7/1 that England win the 2010 World Cup. It’s been quite a transformation under Fabio Capello, with the Three Lions travelling to Seville this week with plenty of confidence and receiving plaudits from one of the Premier League’s best players.
Cesc Fabregas will miss the Spain v England match due to a knee injury, although the Daily Telegraph reports that the Gunners midfielder has tipped them to do very well in South Africa next year (providing they don’t blow up in qualifying). He reckons that they are going to be a tough nut to crack thanks to having a decent manager.
“England are a totally different proposition under Capello,” he said. “They have become very disciplined, they defend so well and it’s so hard to score against them. Their defenders defend as though they were Italian.
“He has changed them in every respect. Now England are a world class team who will be very tough opponents in the World Cup.”
Those sort of comments have got to be encouraging for any England supporter, especially as Cesc played such a key role for Spain during Euro 2008 last summer. Is the Arsenal midfielder correct to assert that England are world class, or do a couple of wins against Croatia and Germany only represent the start of a long road for the Three Lions?