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Capello cools Ramsey comparisons

England manager Fabio Capello
Capello ended his first year in charge with a win over Germany

Fabio Capello has played down comparisons with England's 1966 World Cup winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey.

England boast a 100% record in this season's World Cup qualifiers under England boss Capello and are among the favourites to win the 2010 tournament.

But when asked about Ramsey, Capello said: "Someone spoke to me about this big manager but we have to wait. He's up here, I'm still down here.

"It's a very long way to arrive at the level of Sir Alf Ramsey."

Even if England succeed under Capello, he hoped it would be part of sustained success.

"I hope you will speak about me. But not after 40 years! I hope you speak about me as a really important manager - but for the sake of English football not after 40 years," Capello said.

It's not important to play cards or games with the players. It's not important to me to be one of the lads

Fabio Capello

Capello ended his first year in charge of the national side with a 2-1 friendly win over Germany and admitted he had been happy with England's progress since he succeeded Steve McClaren, revealing he had also altered the atmosphere in the camp.

"It's been step forward, step forward," said Capello. "I'm very happy because the last game against Germany we played very well.

"I am a friend of the players but I prefer to stay at a distance.

"I stay with the players sometimes in the medical room with the physios but it's not important to play cards or games with the players. It's not important to me to be one of the lads.

"The important thing is respect. I always say a manager is one against 24 always - there is one boss, one leader being judged by 24 players, in every moment he is under scrutiny and it's important the players know that is my role. The leader is the leader."

Another part of Capello's managerial style is holding team meetings rather than speaking individually to players.

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"I prefer to speak together in a meeting. My meetings are focused on different points. Five, seven, eight or sometimes 10 points," he said.

"I speak alone with a player when I can understand he is not in a good moment, to help him. And sometimes you want to speak to players individually when you want different things in a game. Only this.

"But I prefer the meeting always together with different points. Sometimes in the same meeting I speak about the keeper, I speak about defenders, forwards, the movement of the team.

"I think it's very important all the players understand what I want and can see the mistakes we did. It's very important."

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