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Becks: England can win World Cup under Capello

September 2, 2009
By Soccernet staff

England midfielder David Beckham has said he believes his country can win the World Cup in South Africa under the guidance of manager Fabio Capello.

David Beckham
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England have impressed in qualifying having won all seven of their of their Group Six games so far and will seal progression to the showpiece event with a victory over Croatia next week.

Capello's side have a friendly on Saturday against Slovenia at Wembley Stadium and go into the qualifier with a confidence they did not have before their meeting before Euro 2008 which saw England fail to qualify for a major international tournament for the first time since 1994.

Beckham, formerly captain of the national side, has heaped praise on the Italian's work so far and spoken with confidence over his side's chances in South Africa.

"He [Capello] has changed the mentality of the players," he said to The Daily Mail. "The way the players prepare themselves, the way we spend the week together, is very serious, very concentrated.

"It's working because we're not just winning games, we're together as a team. Even when we've come in at half-time and we're not winning, there's that spirit you can feel. That's what the manager has done. He's given players confidence."

Beckham continued, "I believe that we've got a chance [in South Africa] if we play like we've been playing and have the togetherness that we've shown all the way through the qualifiers.

"You need a certain amount of luck along the way, of course, but we have got the players and we have got the team. Everything is set up right. It's down to the players to perform."