Capello 'misses' the England job: It is my team at the Euros

Former manager has expressed his desire for Roy Hodgson's side to advance from Group D and also admits it is difficult to watching the Three Lions play on television
Former England manager Fabio Capello has revealed his disappointment at not being given the opportunity to correct the mistakes of South Africa 2010 and lead the national side into the European Championship.

Capello describes the current team as his own, after the Italian left his position just four months ago following a disagreement with the Football Association over John Terry's captaincy. Despite this, he has given his full backing to Roy Hodgson's side, and says he wants them to win the tournament.

 James Goldman
 In Donetsk
Fabio Capello might well claim to be missing the life of an England manager, but it's doubtful his former charges are pining for him.

While the side continues to exhibit the dour brand of safety-first football employed by the Italian, under the guidance of Roy Hodgson, away from the pitch at least, the squad appears to be more relaxed and the camp is a cheerier place to be around as a result. Hodgson is anything but a soft touch. However, he is hardly the ultra-tough disciplinarian Capello was either.

The trust invested by Hodgson and his backroom staff in the players may not yet have translated into the sort of stylish and swashbuckling performances the fans crave, but certainly his more laid back regime should offer England's more creative talents the opportunity to thrive.
"When England’s players ran out against France, of course there was an emotion — I felt it," he told the Daily Mail.

"England is part of me now; the job was an attraction, the chance to win something after so long. Everybody wants it for this reason.

"That is why it is the job I wanted, that is why it is the job Roy Hodgson, my friend, wanted."

No longer in management, Capello laments his situation, admitting that he finds it hard to watch his old side from anywhere but the touchline.

He continued: "It is difficult watching on television when you want to be on the bench of the national team. It is a big difference. The dream is to win trophies, to make people back home happy. I miss it. This is normal.

"The first game for England, against France, was so important because the pressure on the manager and the team is really, really strong.

"Neither team took any risks; they didn't have the confidence to do that because it was the first match of the tournament. England defended well. Joe Hart is an excellent goalkeeper and he made some really important saves.

"They have key players in important positions. Steven Gerrard is dangerous from long distance and free-kicks and John Terry is the spirit of the team. He drives the players in front of him.

"They will qualify because I still feel like it is my job. I hope Roy is happy after the third game. I want them to win."