World Cup winning manager Marcello Lippi feels he has been beaten to the vacant England job by a better man.

Former Real Madrid, Juventus, Roma and Milan boss Fabio Capello is soon expected to be named as the new England manager by the Football Association.

Capello has sampled Serie A success on more than one occasion with Milan and Roma and also guided Juventus to domestic glory.

The 61-year-old has also won the UEFA Champions League with Milan and twice won the Primera Liga title with Real Madrid and Lippi believes this record would only be good news for England.

"Capello is the best possible choice for England," Lippi told The Sun.

"You do not need to ask what his qualities are. It's enough to see how many trophies Capello has won in his career.

"If the FA go for an Italian manager then it means they believe an Italian can do the job they need."

Lippi has also revealed he has not been contacted by the FA despite speculation that he was a candidate for the England job.

"Nobody called me, so I can't say anything if they don't call," concluded Lippi.