England staying in Poland

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Fabio Capello

England will take the long road to Euro 2012 glory after Fabio Capello ruled out changing their training base despite being dumped in a group as far away from Krakow as possible.

With two matches in Donetsk, the opener against France on June 11 and a concluding Group D encounter with hosts Ukraine eight days later, either side of a June 15 trip to Kiev where they will face Sweden, England face journeys totalling 5,000 miles in the group stage alone.

Yet Capello, who chose a city centre location in Krakow after an extensive search ended with the Italian adamant his side would prepare better in Poland, is not entertaining any thought of a change, and said: "Absolutely not. I am happy with Krakow."

He added: "When we played in Ukraine, we arrived the day before. That was a long trip from London. When we played Montenegro we did the same.

"I prefer to play in Krakow because the facilities are really good. The players will be happy with the hotel and the training."

Geography apart, Capello has nothing much to grumble about.

By the time Pot Two was drawn, it was already apparent Group A, containing Poland, Greece and the Czech Republic was the easiest section, Group B; Holland, Portugal and Denmark by far the hardest. It was Dick Advocaat's Russia who got lucky, Germany who pulled the short straw.

"It was terrible waiting but when we passed Group B I was happy," said Capello.

"All the games will be difficult. France are a really good team. We beat Sweden two weeks ago but they are really hard to beat and have very good organisation.

"I know Ukraine because we played them in qualifying for the World Cup, and they host the tournament, so the supporters will be right behind them. It will be the third game and that will be really important."

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