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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 December 2007, 13:58 GMT
England challenge excites Capello
Fabio Capello
Capello's first game in charge is against Switzerland on 6 February
New England boss Fabio Capello says the job will be his last in football and admits he has a hard task ahead of him.

"This is the final appointment of my career," said the former AC Milan, Real Madrid, Roma and Juventus coach, who is confident he can succeed in the role.

"It would be nice to finish on a high. We want to do very well and there is a lot of expectation but I think with my team we will achieve great things.

"The challenge is difficult but one in which I have more preparation time."

Everyone in England is asking why the national team is not winning

Fabio Capello
Capello, 61, was believed to be in the running for the job seven years ago before the FA opted for Sven-Goran Eriksson.

"I came close once before but it didn't happen," he added. "This time it's become a reality.

"I'm going to come up against a different way of working in a country where football is like a religion. Everyone in England is asking why the national team is not winning."

Capello will be formally introduced to the media at a press conference at 1300 GMT on Monday.

Sir Trevor Brooking, the Football Association's director of football, has defended the speed of the Italian's appointment.

Capello was named as the new boss on Friday, little over three weeks after predecessor Steve McClaren was sacked.

But Brooking told the BBC's Football Focus that it was not a rushed appointment and backed the work of FA chief executive Brian Barwick.

FA director of football Trevor Brooking
We have to use Fabio's massive knowledge... If we can't suck that out of him, we want pillorying

Trevor Brooking
"There's no doubt that Brian got the man he wanted," Brooking said. "He identified somebody he thought was a really good appointment.

"From what I understood, he probably got to that stage correctly and then went to get support from the board."

Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards, a member of the FA board, claimed Capello's appointment was conducted in a "bizarre" way.

Richards said he did not object to Capello's candidacy but felt the FA should have waited for its board members to meet in person rather than discussing the Italian's merits via a conference call.

"This level of business should not be done over the phone. It needs a face-to-face discussion," he said.

But Brooking added: "I'm not sure what the disagreement was because those who voted for it were pretty unanimous."

Another bone of contention is the make-up of Capello's coaching team.

He will be supported by four of his countrymen, prompting further criticism from those who objected to the appointment of a foreigner as England coach.

606: DEBATE
Brooking has pledged to work with Capello to make sure there is an English presence on his coaching team.

Former England skipper Alan Shearer and current England under-21 boss Stuart Pearce are among those who have been linked with the position.

However, Brooking does not want any appointment to be a token gesture.

"We have to make sure whoever it is has to have a meaningful role," said the former England international. "We must not allow it to be mere window dressing."

Brooking believes a review of the way English youngsters are being coached is required and hopes Capello can play a role in that process.

"We have to look at what we are going to do in the future and how we are going to change it," he added.

"We have to use Fabio's massive knowledge of a variety of different countries and structures. If we can't suck that out of him, we want pillorying.

"We need to create our own vision and get ourselves into a position where we have better English players and better English coaches and have that recognised outside this country.

"It needs significant resource because the FA have not invested enough money or put together a proper support structure.

"I will fight tooth and nail to get the leadership and investment required to make that happen because if we don't we will just get left behind."



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