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Capello Rues England Player Shortage

  • Guardian, Friday, July 25, 2008 4:45 PM
England coach Fabio Capello says he is at a disadvantage because of the lack of English players in the Premier League.

Comparing his situation with that of the new Italy coach, Marcello Lippi, Capello said: "I'm worse off than Lippi, than everyone. I have Welsh players, Scottish, Irish. In the Premier League only 35% of the players are English. In Italy, it's about 72% [Italians]."

The 62-year-old Capello plans to retire from coaching after completing his the England job. "I will complete my contract with England but my time in the dugout will end with my England experience," he said. "However, I would like to end my career having made an impact at a World Cup."

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