World Cup - Capello wary of England complacency

Sun, 31 Jul 09:13:00 2011

Manager Fabio Capello said England would have to "play every game like a final" to reach the 2014 World Cup after landing a tricky qualifying group.

World Cup - Capello: No complacency

The Three Lions avoided Europe's big-hitters in the draw for the tournament in Brazil but face several tough opponents in Group H, which sees them play Montenegro, Ukraine, Poland, Moldova and San Marino.

Capell, who leaves his post next summer, knows from experience that Montenegro are resilient; they drew 0-0 at Wembley in October in the Euro 2012 qualifier.

He added: "It is not an easy draw. You have to really, really focused and play every game like a final - but that will be another manager's job.

"We know Montenegro very well and we have to play against them again. Poland are improving and will be really focused and will be a tough game.

"With Ukraine I remember the game we lost against them in the last match during the qualification for South Africa.

"Moldova is not so strong and San Marino the same."

However, Capello insisted his successor will have every chance of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup - helped by the new crop of young players.

Capello said: "I am confident as we have some really interesting young players and the future will be them. Some young players will play more at Manchester United, some like (Kieran) Gibbs will play more games at Arsenal, Wilshere is the future, and (Jordan) Henderson and (Andy) Carroll at Liverpool."

Rio Ferdinand insisted that England should be aiming to top the group. The defender said on Twitter: "The qualifying group is similar to most qualifying campaigns, some tricky away games but have to be looking to qualify top."

The winners of the nine groups qualify automatically and the eight best runners-up play off for the four places remaining.

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