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Capello: I can take England to World Cup glory

Fabio Capello has declared he can lead England to World Cup glory.

The Italian coach told the News of the World: "I will win the World Cup. If I didn't think that, I would not have taken the job. I would have continued playing golf.

"I will do everything I can to make the England team successful."

And the former AC Milan, Juventus, Roma and Real Madrid coach declared: "I accept that this is a difficult challenge but that is what I love.

"For a long time now, I have wanted to do something different - and I wanted this job specifically. It will be tough, simply because the pressure is enormous. Football in England is a religion. But it's a challenge which I am ready and eager for.

"I will do everything I can to make the England team successful and I expect the players and everyone involved with the team to do the same. England is one of the great football countries and it was very disappointing they did not qualify for the European Championships. We now have to work very hard to be sure we qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. I know there is a lot of expectation with the England team but I am prepared for that.

"There was big expectancy at the clubs I've managed and I enjoy that challenge. I want a winning England team. I want the players to play for England the way they do for their clubs. I want them to have confidence on the pitch.

"They need to have belief in themselves and not be afraid of big games. Football is all about winning and that is what the England team has to do.

"Working day by day with players is very different from what lies ahead and part of the challenge is only working with players every few months. In such a situation the most difficult thing is to create a group ethic and make the group reach its fullest potential.

"Plus we have to do it in a short time. All the same, this is a dream come true for me. In fact it's been a dream of mine to manage England for some years.

"I had contact with the FA a few seasons ago but then, suddenly, the deal was off. This time, too, there were moments when I thought things might end the same way.

"But I consider it a great piece of good fortune that, instead, things have ended happily and successfully.

"So, if this is a dream, I must hope that when I wake it's a happy awakening. That would mean that the results have gone well and we have succeeded."

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