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