Fabio Capello to select Euro 2012 training base

 

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Over the next fortnight, Fabio Capello will head to Poland to select England's European Championship base still insisting he got it right in South Africa.

Although the training facilities in Rustenburg were first class, with the team hotel part of the same site, England's players were completely cut off.

Football Association chairman David Bernstein has already said he wants England to engage more with the public next summer, when it is anticipated they will stay in a city centre location, expected to be in Krakow.

But in comparing the criticisms he received to those being heaped on England's failed rugby World Cup squad, Capello believes the only way to silence the doubters is to win.

"In South Africa we selected the best place to prepare for the World Cup," stressed Capello at a Club England breakfast on Tuesday.

"Everything was okay . I read something about what happened during the preparations for the World Cup. It said it was a boring period for the players.

"I also saw what happened with the rugby team.

"One too boring, the other too happy.

"The best way is the result. If we win everything is okay, if we lose it will be wrong."

Meanwhile, Capello dropped a clear hint Wayne Rooney will be part of his 23-man squad.

The England coach has not spoken about Rooney since the Manchester United striker was handed a three-match ban by UEFA for his red card in Montenegro earlier this month.

Although it is still to be decided whether the FA will launch an appeal against the suspension, as it presently stands, Rooney will be ruled out of the entire group stages in Poland and Ukraine.

The widespread view amongst professionals is that Rooney should go, even though, as Sir Alex Ferguson pointedly remarked on Monday, England may not even qualify for the knockout stages, which would render the 25-year-old a non-playing member of Capello's squad.

But, as part of an observation about the balance of younger players and older ones in his squad, Capello indicated Rooney would be part of his plans.

"The young players are really good and ready to play with the seniors, and the experience of the seniors is really important," said Capello.

"During the games we need some leaders, people that know something.

"Jack Wilshere is incredible because he is so young. We also need the experience of John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Scott Parker.

"You need this kind of player, plus Rooney, I hope."

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