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Last Updated: Monday June 21 2010 16:56 GMT

Pressure to blame, says Capello

Fabio Capello

England boss Fabio Capello has blamed the pressure on his players for their disappointing World Cup performance.

"It is a mental thing. Absolutely. When you are under pressure, big pressure, sometimes the legs do not work normally," said Capello.

He said England's last group match against Slovenia on Wednesday would be one of the biggest of his career.

After two draws, England need to beat Slovenia to make sure they go through to the next round.

The Italian has called on his players to bring back the 'spirit' they had in the qualifying rounds.

"Look, the results have not been good, but I haven't seen the spirit on the pitch for 90 minutes, only for five or six minutes," he said.


Football bosses are worried Capello could quit if his team don't improve.

Capello played down talk of a 'crisis meeting' on Sunday night, saying: "At the meeting we saw the Algerian game, we saw the mistakes without comments."

Later, Frank Lampard said he felt reports had been "overdone" and said he wanted Capello to stay on, even if England lose on Wednesday.

"I've been lucky enough to work with some fantastic managers and Fabio Capello is right up there," the midfielder said.