Jose Mourinho Praises Fabio Capello's England

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Jose Mourinho Praises Fabio Capello's England
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Jose Mourinho has praised Fabio Capello's England, labeling the Italian manager as one of the most special managers in the world.

Mourinho stated that the rejuvenated England side is a "team to fear" come the 2010 World Cup after the Three Lions roared a 4-0 victory against a clearly inferior Slovakian team.

Fabio Capello's touch has been nothing short of magical with the team that failed to qualify to Euro 2004, winning four games out of four. England's impressive run and goal tally has allowed them to top their group as they bid to qualify for the World Cup.

And Mourinho is clearly impressed with the new hope Capello brought to a revived English team; the Portuguese manager was all praise for England.

“On paper, England is a team that must be taken seriously in South Africa. They are definitely among the top five favorites,” he said.

“With this bunch of players, and the fact you have one of the most special managers in the world, England will be a team to fear.”

The Inter coach also insisted that Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard can play together despite having produced below-par performances for their country when playing next to each other in the past. 

“There isn't a manager in club or international football that wouldn't dream of these two," he said.

“Is there a better pair of central midfielders at club level or international level? I really don't think so.”

The Inter manager also insisted that David Beckham, who picked up his 109th England cap in the friendly match against Slovakia, must make Capello’s World Cup squad.

“We know what a special player David is, and he has proved people wrong again by coming to AC Milan and still proving he can shine at the very top level," he said.

“Will he be fit enough to be able to play 90 minutes of every game next summer? Only David knows that, but he is a player, for me, that has to, at the very least, be in the squad."

“He knows what it is all about, and his experience will be invaluable for the rest of the lads. Just his presence will breathe confidence into them.” 

 

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