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England to hand Capello bigger contract than Sven

The Daily Mail says FA chief executive Brian Barwick believes he has secured the services of a 'world-class manager' after spending three hours with the 61-year-old Italian at Wembley yesterday and today he will seek the approval of the FA board.

He expects to get that, just as he now expects Capello to sign a two-and-a-half year contract that will pay him in the region of £6million a year, with a two-year option to take England to the 2012 European Championship as well as the 2010 World Cup.

Capello will earn around 20 per cent more than Eriksson, making him the highest-paid international coach in history. The former AC Milan and Real Madrid manager flew home from Heathrow last night but left his legal team in London to complete contract negotiations.

He could return as early as tomorrow for his official unveiling.

Marcello Lippi, the World Cup-winning fellow Italian who was also considered by Barwick, last night said the FA had made the "best possible choice for England".

He added: "You only have to see how many trophies he has won to realise what his qualities are."

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