Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Don Fabio has England brimming with confidence
by Paul Kennedy, December 4th, 2009 12:46PM



England will head to the World Cup brimming with confidence. It doesn't hurt that the English have been placed in what they will view as an easy group in which to play.

After the low of failing to qualify for Euro '08, England ran off eight straight wins to win Europe's Group 6.

The person responsible for England's recovery is Fabio Capello, a no-nonsense Italian with a long history of success as a coach at AC Milan, Juventus, Roma and Real Madrid.

Remembering 1950 ...

"We've come a very long way under the manager," midfield stalwart Frank Lampard told the Mirror recently . "Our confidence was rock bottom from not qualifying [for Euro 2008]. For England not to qualify for a major tournament, I know it's happened quite a few times over the years, but it is a low point. We're a top nation with top players and we should be qualifying."

England captain John Terry isn't yet guaranteeing World Cup success. After all, England has advanced to the semifinals of the World Cup only once - Italia '90 - since winning the World Cup at home in 1966.

"We've got huge improvements to make all over the field, in defense and going forward," said the Chelsea defender, "and I'm sure the manager in the next few games will try different things."
Besides a core of stars - Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Terry and Lampard - most jobs are up for grabs.

Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham should make the team but faces stiff competition on the right side of midfield, where Tottenham's Aaron Lennon has stood out recently.

Robert Green (West Ham)
David James (Portsmouth)

Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
Rio Ferdinand (Man. United)
Glen Johnson (Liverpool)
Matt Upson (West Ham)
John Terry (Chelsea)

Gareth Barry (Man. City)
David Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
Aaron Lennon (Tottenham)
Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)
Emile Heskey (Aston Villa)
Wayne Rooney (Man. United)

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann    
"Watching the MLS playoffs has been tremendously exciting. The games in the first round with the ...
Klinsmann: Nagbe is a 'great fit' for national team    
One of the standouts in the MLS playoffs has been Darlington Nagbe, who has helped the ...
What They're Saying: Didier Drogba    
"It's a different challenge [in MLS]. People think it's easy to play there. Believe me, it's ...
What They're Saying: Stocksbridge Park Steels chairman Allen Bethel    
"I can't believe what I've been seeing on Saturday nights. He's always on his own. Why ...
MLS: Sporting KC continues talks with five free agents    
Sporting Kansas City re-signed 12 of the 13 players it had options on -- all but ...
MLS: Orlando City declines option on Hall    
Stemming from the roster moves announced Wednesday, Orlando City SC may not look radically different in ...
MLS: Revs re-sign Kobayashi, send three to Portugal    
New England announced Wednesday it has renewed the options on 14 players, signed midfielder Daigo Kobayashi ...
Sacramento wants to show it's ready to roll    
While efforts by David Beckham's group to find land for a soccer stadium in Miami appear ...
Johnson scores again in Champions League    
Fabian Johnson scored in his second straight game for Borussia Moenchengladbach in the UEFA Champions League ...
USA names 20 for U-20 Women's World Cup qualifying    
Eight collegians and 12 youth club players comprise Coach Michelle French's roster for the U-20 Women's ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives