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Capello settled on starting XI

June 10, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Fabio Capello has revealed he has chosen his team to face USA in England's World Cup opener on Saturday.

Fabio Capello has chosen his team to face USA
GettyImagesFabio Capello has chosen his team to face USA

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Capello now hopes his players will come through their final training sessions unscathed, with captain Rio Ferdinand already having to withdraw from the tournament through injury.

"I know the XI that will play Saturday and I hope the next two days, during the training, all the players will be fit,'' Capello told BBC Radio Five Live.

Despite a heated exchange with photographers at England's Royal Bafokeng base on Wednesday, Capello insists he is in relaxed mood ahead of the tournament.

"I'm relaxed, I can understand the pressure because in every moment we walk around you can see the security, the journalists, you can see when you move to golf, to safari, you need to police a lot of this," Capello said. "I understand that this is a really, really important moment for the country.''

The 63-year-old also believes that the squad have come a long way since he first became England head coach in 2008.

"Yes, they've improved a lot,'' Capello said. "We found a spirit, different systems to play during the game, a lot of players know me better, but I think everything is different.''

Capello has also backed England's Wayne Rooney to be a hit in South Africa, claiming the Manchester United striker has impressed in training.

"He is in a good moment, he trains very well and he scores goals during training, which is important for him. I think he will play a fantastic World Cup.''