CAPELLO WARNS AGAINST COMPLACENCY
England coach, Fabio Capello
Fabio Capello will unveil his 30-man provisional FIFA England World Cup squad on Tuesday cautioning against the belief his side have an easy passage into the knockout stages.
Having heard the reports brought back from a whistle-stop tour of Premier League training grounds by FA doctor Ian Beasley and taken an update on Gareth Barry's condition from trusted assistant Franco Baldini. Capello will draft the long squad that must eventually be whittled down to 23 by 1 June.
A number of situations remain unresolved, not least the dilemma over Ledley King that has not been made any easier by the Tottenham captain's excellent performances over the past few weeks. On one hand, what is the value of handing a place to someone who cannot train? On the other, can such talent and experience be ignored?
The conundrum cannot be easily answered, hence the call to arms of Jamie Carragher, who is set to end three years in the wilderness by confirming his availability. All this goes against the backdrop of a Group C campaign that begins against the United States in Rustenburg on 12 June before taking in meetings with Algeria and Slovenia, then an expected passage into the knock-out stages.
If only life were so simple. Speaking to Eurosport's Eurogoals One-to-One show, Capello cautioned against over-optimism. What to others looks a straight forward route is fraught with difficulty for the wily Italian.
'After the draw everyone said it was going to be easy,' said the Italian. 'But our biggest mistake would be to think, just because we are England, that we have an easy draw.'
Capello went through each opponent in turn to emphasise his point, starting with the United States, who have improved so much over the past two decades and now provide many quality players to the Premier League.