Capello says the timing of this year's World Cup is 'good' for England

Fabio Capello insists this year’s World Cup in Qatar has arrived ‘at the best moment’ for England as the winter tournament means Gareth Southgate’s side will be ‘fresh’ as they aim to win football’s biggest prize

  • Fabio Capello coached England at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa
  • The Italian says the intensity of the Premier League leaves players shattered
  • The tournament being moved from its usual slot gives England a good chance, believes the Italian 
  • World Cup in Qatar will be played across November and December this year
  • Click here for all the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates

Former boss Fabio Capello has said that this year’s World Cup being played across November and December gives England a great chance at winning the tournament. 

Owing to the brutal high summer Qatar heat, this year’s tournament was moved from its usual post-European season slot to the end of the year. 

In an interview with The Sun, Capello, who managed England for five years between 2007 and 2012, said that the England stars going into the tournament ‘fresh’ will give them a great shot at winning the World Cup for the first time since 1966. 

Fabio Capello said that the World Cup this year has arrives at the ‘best moment’ for England

He said: ‘As England manager, I always said that you can play September, October, November against all the teams in the world — we are fresh, we are running, the mind is clear and clean.’

He added: ‘The next World Cup for England is really, really good. I really think so.

‘It has arrived at the best moment for English football and English players. They will be fresh. Not after 63 games, like Liverpool.’

The Italian oversaw a disastrous World Cup campaign with England in South Africa in 2010

Meanwhile, Capello said that he has good memories of his time with England, despite difficulties throughout his tenure. 

The Italian suggested that the only negative memory he had from his time with the national team was Frank Lampard’s non-goal in Bloemfontein against Germany.

England had halved the deficit through Matthew Upson before Lampard’s strike was controversially not adjudged to have crossed the line. 

Frank Lampard’s effort was controversially waved away by the linesman as not having crossed the goal line

The former AC Milan and Real Madrid coach said: ‘I’m disappointed for that game we played against Germany, the Lampard ‘goal’. The referee missed this ‘goal’, the linesman was worse. They put on goal-line technology after this.

‘Apart from that, I only have good memories of my time with England.

‘When I come back to London, all the people there are really nice with me.’

England would have pulled the match level at 2-2 but instead went on to lose 4-1 to Germany

Capello’s reign was often characterised by the rigours and strictness of the old-school manager.   

Jermaine Defoe said of his former manager: ‘Fabio was alright. He was strict, though.

‘One day I was late for a meeting, I got the times wrong, and oh my god my heart was beating.

‘I thought, ‘I’ll never do that again’. But, you know what, I liked it. You’re not scared but you know you have to listen and he’s got that respect; he’s got that presence as soon as you walk into the changing rooms.’

Jermaine Defoe’s goal against Slovenia in 2010 ensured England got out of their group

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