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England boss Capello: No excuses

Fabio Capello admits that he will have no excuses if he fails to get England back to the top of world football.

The Italian names his second squad on Thursday, for the upcoming friendly with France on 26th March, and knows that he is under intense pressure to deliver results.

"I know that only results count here, like everywhere else," Capello told Zoo.

"You must get good results as soon as possible, if you want to avoid criticism.

"You can talk about the formation and who should play, but at the end of the day only the results count.

"When you are chosen for a job like mine, you are supposed to deliver results. This is my only aim: I want to win.

"You can't do that without good players and a decent game plan. But what makes the difference is scoring one goal more than your opponent.

"Football is a simple game. Some people like talking. I love winning."

One area which has held the English national team back for years is their inability to adapt to a variety of systems and formations.

"I've always played 4-4-2 and I still think it is the most reliable formation," he said.

"But I'm also ready to change my mind and adapt the tactical system to the players I have.

"That's the reason I'm travelling all around the country, to watch as many games as I can. I want to improve my knowledge of English football, and all the players, as soon as possible.

"When I feel 100 per cent confident, I'll start thinking about another formation.

"But my first impression of English football is that it's great. The stadiums are fantastic, there is fair play and people are respectful."

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