Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fabio Needs More Time to Form Bond

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fabio Needs More Time to Form Bond

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FABIO CAPELLO admitted he is still striving to fully find out about the England players who will be hoping to create a slice of World Cup history by defeating Belarus tonight.

Victory in the Dinamo Stadium would mean England winning the opening four qualifying matches in the FIFA competition for the first time, and put them well on course to reach the 2010 finals in South Africa.

But the Italian (right) conceded he needs more time to discover what makes the squad tick because of the stop-start nature of the international programme.

Stand-in captain Rio Ferdinand claimed he has found out little about the former Real Madrid boss since he replaced Steve McClaren 10 months ago.

Capello said: "Have I found out about the players? I think I know the players. I think the players know me enough, but not completely.

"To know the manager and the players, you need to speak every day at training.

"When you play a lot of games, it's easier to understand everything about someone. …

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