Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson has told Fabio Capello he has the talent available to win the 2010 World Cup with England.

The Swede said: "I don't know why the England team have under-achieved. I remember every time we qualified for a big tournament the buildup was unbelievable.

"In fact, the day before any tournament started it seemed we had already won it according to the press and the fans.

"But I don't agree that there are no good English players - of course there are. Just look at the national team. Look at Micah Richards, a 19-year-old who is already an extremely good player.

"And Wayne Rooney is not bad! Although he plays for the other side in Manchester I must say he is very good. He has technique, everything - and he was brought up in England at Everton. So there are a lot of good English players and Capello will discover that.

"Technique and pace are the future of the game. In the modern-day game there is no time now to dwell on the ball - you need one or two touches at most - but the pace of the Premier League means we have players who are comfortable at that tempo."