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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Fabio Capello: "The spirit of this team is and must remain English."

Football - England Press Conference
Mr. Capello competed with the Azzurri at the 1974
World Cup in West Germany. He was capped 32 times
with 8 goals for Italy. He scored a historic goal
against England at Wembley Stadium in 1973.

From the England training camp at altitude in Irdning, Austria, Fabio Capello was coy about rumors of a potential move to Internazionale Milano:

"Sono concentrato soltanto sul Mondiale".
"I am focused only on the World Cup."
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Sports News - May 25, 2010

"Già scelto 20 giocatori, mentre 3 posti sono ancora da definire".
"I've already chosen 20 players but 3 slots are still to be determined."
Gareth Barry

"I medici dicono che Gareth sta meglio - spiega Capello - ed è un elemento importante per questa squadra, è migliorato molto col passare degli anni. Entro martedì prossimo sapremo se potrà venire in Sudafrica con noi, dovrà sostenere un provino".
"The doctors say that Gareth is getting better," explained Capello, "and he is an important element for this team. He has gotten a lot better over the years. By next Tuesday we will know if he will be able to come to South Africa with us. He will have to pass a fitness test."
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English Spirit

"Voglio che entrino in campo con lo spirito inglese. Possono essere allenati da un italiano, un brasiliano, uno svedese o uno scozzese, il tecnico che li guida potrà influenzare il loro stile di gioco. Ma non devono mai perdere la loro mentalità, lo spirito di questo team è e deve restare inglese".
"I want them to take the pitch with the English spirit. They can be managed by an Italian, a Brazilian, a Swede or a Scot. The manager that guides them will be able to influence their style of play. But they can't ever lose their mentality. The spirit of this team is and must remain English."
Italian source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, May 29, 2010.

Italian to English translation by Steve Amoia of World Football Commentaries.

Update on 1 June 2010

England Team Roster

Goalkeepers

Robert Green (West Ham United), Joe Hart (Manchester City), David James (Portsmouth).

Defenders

Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ledley King (Tottenham Hotspur), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham United), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

Midfielders

Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), James Milner (Aston Villa), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City).

Strikers

Peter Crouch (Tottenham Hotspur), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

Courtesy of The Independent, 1 June 2010.

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