Euro 2012 draw

Capello happy with Euro 2012 draw

December 2, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

England manager Fabio Capello said he was happy enough with the Euro 2012 draw, as his side were placed alongside France, Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine.

Fabio Capello stands next to Laurent Blanc as England pulled France in Group D and will play them in Donetsk
GettyImagesFabio Capello stands next to Laurent Blanc as England pulled France in Group D and will play them in Donetsk

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He told BBC Sport: ''Now we are here all the teams are very good. They have arrived in this position in the tournament because they are very good.

''Of the other groups, I think Group B is very difficult because Portugal, Germany and Holland are very tough. Probably the best group was Group A but we are happy with Group D. It is a tough group but better than Group B.''

Capello added that England will not move their base from Krakow, even though all of their group games will be played in Ukraine.

He said: ''Absolutely not because we have found a really good place. I am happy with the facilities and we will stay in the same place in Krakow.''

Capello admits making a good start against France will be imperative.

The Italian added: ''Most difficult will be the first game against France. The first game is always difficult to play because of the pressure. A result will be very important.''

The tournament will mark the end of Capello's tenure with the Three Lions, and he confirmed he will not reconsider his future no matter the outcome for his side.

''I am happy with my job, and I hope my last tournament will be something important for the fans,'' he said.

Assessing the tournament as a whole, Capello said: ''The favourite always is Spain, they are the best team in world at the moment, difficult to beat, fantastic. Holland are also a good team and probably you can find a surprise - Portugal is one and some new teams, maybe one of the teams that host the tournament.''

Former England captain Paul Ince was also pleased with the draw. Ince told BBC Radio Five Live: ''Overall we have to be delighted. It is a fantastic group for us.

''When you look at the groups we have had, in qualification and in the World Cup, the gods have been smiling down on us and they have certainly done it again tonight. If we can't get ourselves through that group we have only got ourselves to blame.

''On paper we should win all those games but the French are always tough, Ukraine at home will have loads of fans behind them - the atmosphere will be crazy.

''On paper it looks easy but I am sure Capello will not take anything for granted.''