Fabio Capello has insisted Euro 2012 will be his last competition as an England manager and believes the tournament will be a lot harder than the World Cup in South Africa.
While Giovanni Trapattoni has extended his contract with the Republic of Ireland by a further two years at the age of 72, Capello has maintained that he will not be in charge of England beyond the summer.
"As an England manager, this is it for me," he told reporters ahead of traveling to the Ukraine for Friday's Euro 2012 draw.
Euro 2012 will see most countries who featured in the World Cup involved and Capello believes it will be a lot harder than two years ago as teams have had time to improve.
"This time it will be stronger," he continued. "It will be stronger because if you look at the groups and all the teams, particularly the three European teams who reached the World Cup semi-finals; the technical level is at the top, the organisation of the teams is at the top.
"Also some teams who didn't play well at the World Cup will now be back at the top," he said "Portugal, France and Italy will be better. It will be a really tough tournament."
Capello's fellow Italian Trapattoni has guided the Republic of Ireland to Euro 2012 via the playoffs and the England manager is keen to avoid them in the group stage.
"The countries are close and also it would be two Italian managers, so I prefer not to be drawn with them," he said. "We cannot draw Italy as we are in the same pot, but this would be the same for me to face another Italian manager."
South Africa's World Cup finalists are the two teams that Capello hopes to avoid in the group stage, regardless of a recent friendly victory over Spain.
"[I would like to avoid] Spain and Holland," he said. "After that there is also Portugal and France. These are the teams I would prefer to avoid in the group stage."
With players like Manchester United defender Phil Jones and his teammate Danny Welbeck coming through the ranks, as well as the young players who went to South Africa progressing over the last two years, the Italian believes the mix of youth and experience in his squad is just right.
"The young players can play if they are good enough," added Capello. "When we went to South Africa the gap between the older players and younger players was too big.
"Now the gap is closer and they younger players are improving a lot, they are playing with important teams at the top and in the Champions League and Europa League. In this situation you know something more as a player. It is really important."Follow GOAL.COM USA on