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Capello accepts England will sack him if Slovenia not beaten

Fabio Capello expects to be sacked if England fail to get out of their World Cup group. The Mail on Sunday says according to a source close to the manager, Capello is said to be 'under no illusions' as to his fate should England produce their worst performance at a World Cup finals since 1958 by being eliminated at the group stage.

After the dismal 0-0 draw with Algeria on Friday, Capello refused to be drawn on whether he would offer to resign if his team fail again.

"It's too early to speak about that," said Capello.

"We have to wait. We have time to answer that question. OK?"

But the Capello source said: "This is football and we are under no illusions. The new deal was set up as a show of faith on both sides but if England don't go beyond the group stage, we expect the FA to fire Fabio.

"Before the World Cup, Sir Dave (Richards) assured Fabio he's still wanted. As things stand, nothing has changed in essence from the agreement Fabio struck. We went into the World Cup with a spirit of unity, we put that in writing, and that is how we intend to continue. We must think positively."

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