Capello spends first day as England boss with Pearce

Fabio Capello spent his first day as England manager meeting with U21 coach Stuart Pearce.

The former Real Madrid coach said: "I had a very good meeting with Stuart Pearce and I want to have a close working relationship with him.

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"The Under-21s play an important part in the England team's development. I am also pleased that my assistant Franco Baldini was able to start with me - it's important that we get on with the job as quickly as possible.

"It is a huge honour for me to today begin my work as England manager. I have wanted this job for a long time. I have had the privilege of managing some of the most successful clubs in the world, but the England job is as big as any. I have always followed English football closely and admired the passion and intensity of both the games and the crowds. The England fans are famous around the world for their strength of support. With that support also comes expectation.

"I will have my first experience of managing an England team when we play Switzerland at Wembley next month and look forward to feeling that amazing following for myself on that night. I have very good memories of the old stadium as I scored there for Italy in 1973."

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