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Capello free for USA preparation

Fabio Capello
Capello succeeded Steve McLaren as England coach in December

England manager Fabio Capello will not have to travel to Italy to speak to prosecutors the day before the United States face his side at Wembley.

It was feared England's preparations for the friendly would be disrupted as Capello was due in Turin on 27 May.

But prosecutors investigating tax evasion allegations said a statement from his lawyers will suffice.

"It's his right to do this, there is nothing negative about it," said Marco Gianoglio, who is working on the case.

England face USA on 28 May and, with Capello reportedly having been asked to appear before Turin prosecutors investigating tax evasion allegations the day before, questions were raised as to his availability for the team's preparations less than 48 hours before kick off.

But those worries have been wiped out following Wednesday's declaration from the prosecution team.

Capello and his family are being investigated for alleged tax fraud over earnings from the period he was coach of Serie A side AS Roma, from 1999-2004.

The 61-year-old released a statement in January in which he denied any wrongdoing.

"I have assured the FA that my finances are in order," he said.

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"With my advisors, I have always endeavoured to conduct my financial business with integrity.

"And I am not aware of any matters which would be of concern."

Italian prosecutors also launched an inquiry into Capello's earnings as Juventus boss as part of a wider probe into allegations of corruption at the club.

"I understand that these inquiries in Italy are part of a wider investigation into the finances of many high-profile individuals," he added.

Capello has said he is confident he will be cleared in both cases.

Meanwhile, United States coach Bob Bradley has named eight England-based players for the match.

Fulham trio Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra and Eddie Johnson are joined by Derby's Benny Feilhaber and Eddie Lewis, West Ham's Jonathan Spector, Everton's Tim Howard and Watford's Jay DeMerit.

Rangers winger DaMarcus Beasley is also included.


see also
Capello faces Italian tax inquiry
16 Jan 08 |  Internationals
The challenges that face Fabio Capello
05 Feb 08 |  Internationals
Who is Fabio Capello?
14 Dec 07 |  Internationals
Capello named new England manager
14 Dec 07 |  Internationals
Italian football's tangled web
25 Jul 06 |  Europe
The worst scandal of them all
25 Jul 06 |  Europe


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