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Capello keen to learn from Brazil

England coach Fabio Capello
Capello knows England need luck with injuries ahead of the World Cup

England coach Fabio Capello says the friendly against Brazil will be key to his team's 2010 World Cup preparations.

Capello's team face Brazil, who will be chasing a sixth World Cup win in South Africa, on 14 November in Qatar.

"It will allow me to understand what happens against the South American countries," said the Italian.

"Their technique is really good, they are good one-on-one, they use their imagination. We have to understand what is going to happen."

The match against the Brazilians represents Capello's final chance this year to get his squad together for an extended period.

He has said he will not consider the composition of his 23-man squad for South Africa until April, and faces several months on injury alert between now and the end of the season.

"I have a lot of confidence in my players, but it depends on their form when we get to the World Cup," stated Capello.


"At this point of the season we are really strong. It is not easy to play against us because physically we are at our peak.

"But the Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup are really important.

"You have to expend a lot of energy trying to win them, and it is possible some players will not arrive at the World Cup in a very good condition."

England's hopes in recent tournaments have been hit by pre-tournament injuries suffered by key players.

"I have been to a World Cup," added Capello, reflecting on his own experience in 1974 when Italy arrived in West Germany highly fancied but were dumped out in the first round.

"You must know what you have to do on the pitch and the style you have to play.

"But you also have to arrive fit. This is the most important thing. Really fit. Fit, fit, fit. Only after that can you create the spirit of the group."

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