FA says Capello will see out contract in full

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Fabio Capello plans to continue as England coach until the end of his contract in 2012, the Football Association said yesterday, after a newspaper quoted the Italian as saying he planned to quit after the 2010 World Cup.

An FA spokesman said he had spoken to Capello, who had clarified comments made to La Repubblica, an Italian paper.

Capello was "concentrating on one thing at a time at the moment and giving his full concentration to the 2010 World Cup," the spokesman said. He added that the 62-year-old had "no intention to quit the England job after the World Cup".

Capello was quoted by La Repubblica as identifying the end of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as his retirement date. "This is certain," he said, when asked if planned not to coach after the World Cup.

The comment came after he ruled out a return as coach of Italy's national team.

"My shift ends with England," he said. He added that he would like to end his career with England "among the top three in the world".

He also complained about the amount of talent at his disposal. "I'm worse off than [Italy coach Marcello] Lippi," Capello said.

"In the Premier League only 35 per cent of the players are English, while in Italy around 72 per cent [are Italian]."