Fabio Capello Defends His Stint as England Manager

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Current Russia coach Fabio Capello has defended the time he spent in charge of the England national team, The Sun reports.

The Italian was heavily criticised following the side’s poor showing at the World Cup in 2010, but he believes that he performed well in the role and has has set the side up well for the future.

Asked about his tenure by FIFA.com, the 67-year-old said: “I think it went well. But it could have gone even better.

“The way we went out of the World Cup still hurts. That aside, I feel satisfied.

“I arrived after the team had missed out on qualifying for Euro 2008 but under me we easily made it through two qualifying campaigns.

“My win record was very good and I also gave loads of young players a chance, such as Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, James Milner and Joe Hart. I feel I left a good legacy.”

The former Real Madrid and AC Milan chief also called for the English FA to introduce a winter break during midseason to prevent players from becoming burned out come tournament time.

Asked why he thought the Three Lions consistently underachieve he replied; “Because they are tired.

“They’re the least fresh of any of the competing national sides, because their league doesn’t have a break.”

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