From bootlaces to back the team behind the England team

Sam Wallace introduces the support staff keeping Rooney, Terry and Co focused, fit and fed as they attempt to win the World Cup in South Africa this summer
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Fabio Capello, England manager

The boss. It is Capello who has final say over all team and logistical decisions but he cannot do it all alone. His closest team are the Italians he brought with him, but there are also key members of the Football Association who have served under previous England managers.

Franco Baldini, General manager

The fixer. Speaks to the players, and handles much more of the pastoral issues leaving Capello to concentrate on coaching. A former Italy under-21 international. Has spent a lot of time in South Africa selecting the training base and then making sure it was built to spec. Worked with Capello at Roma and Real Madrid as director of football.

Italo Galbiati, Coach

Old school 72-year-old still full of energy who likes to dribble the ball around before the players come out to train. Worked with Capello at Milan, Roma and Real Madrid. Has not given a single interview since taking the job.

Franco Tancredi, Goalkeeper coach

Italy international goalkeeper who played at the highest level with Roma. He went on to coach there but broke a 28-year association with the club to follow Capello to Juventus in his controversial move in 2004. Also with him at Real Madrid.

Massimo Neri, Fitness coach

Super-fit 51-year-old who keeps a close eye on the fitness of the England players all year round. Neri is another long-serving Capello man who worked with him at Roma, Juventus and Real Madrid.

Stefano Tirelli, Assistant fitness coach

Recruited before the Egypt friendly in March, he will be with the squad just for the World Cup.

Christian Lattanzio, Sports psychologist

A former colleague of Gianfranco Zola at West Ham who now works with England. Has built up a business offering "mental strength" training but Capello primarily wants him to help put his thoughts across to the players. Unofficial interpreter in press conferences.

Sir Trevor Brooking, FA director of football development

Expect to see Sir Trev in a tracksuit around the training ground keeping an eye on things. Also has a major World Cup ambassadorial role.

Ray Clemence, Head of international teams/Goalkeeper coach

His day-to-day job at Wembley is managing all the junior, women's and disability teams – at the World Cup he will also be on the training pitch helping Tancredi.

Stuart Pearce, England under-21 manager/Assistant coach

Just don't call him "Psycho" since his reinvention as a Capello coaching prodigy. Was leading the warm-up in training in Austria this week.

Dr Ian Beasley, Team doctor

Highly-regarded. Recruited 18 months ago after six years with Arsenal and two decades in the game.

Dr Leif Sward, Orthopaedic surgeon

Survivor from Sven Goran Eriksson's time. Now a specialist rather than team doctor.

Carl Todd, Osteopath

Long-serving specialist with clinics in London, Swindon and Corsham.

Gary Lewin, Head of physiotherapy

Another recruited from Arsenal on a full-time basis by Capello.

Dave Hancock, Physiotherapist

Popular physio who worked at Leeds United and Chelsea. Now works for the NBA basketball franchise the New York Knicks, so may have experience of a ball's behaviour at altitude.

Rod Thornley, Masseur

Long-serving Manchester United and England masseur originally brought in on David Beckham's recommendation. Brother of former United winger Ben and former non-league player himself.

Mark "Carlo" Sertori, Masseur

Former non-league footballer, his day job is at Manchester City.

Paul Small, Masseur

Borrowed from Liverpool

Stuart Sullivan, Masseur From Chelsea

Mark Simkin, Kit manager

In charge of the 12 tonnes of equipment heading to South Africa on DHL.

Tom McKechnie, Kit manager

Shares responsibility for the vast equipment stores which will include more than 300 pairs of football boots.

Tim De'Ath, Chef

West Ham's chef on secondment to England. And, yes, the surname is unfortunate.

Gary Guyan, Video technician

Full-time FA staff member who works with all England teams.

Michelle Farrer, Head of England team operations

Some would say she is as important as Capello himself. Knows everything and everyone. Organises every detail from birthday cakes for team masseurs to last-minute flight changes. Has served under eight England managers right back to the late Sir Bobby Robson. Deals with all the big logistical challenges.

Anne Romilly, England team administrator

Back-up to Farrer throughout the tournament.

Ray Whitworth, Head of security

Former policeman who is firm but fair and head of an undisclosed number of security guards. Legendary moment came in 1998 when he effortlessly apprehended a six-foot tall Peperami that invaded the training pitch for a PR stunt.

Adrian Bevington, Managing director of Club England/Director of communications

Last tournament in charge of the media operation before he takes over responsibility for running all the England teams. More than 10 years at the FA, he is now one of the most senior figures at the organisation and will be one of those relied upon to steer them through the difficult aftermath of Lord Triesman and Ian Watmore's resignations.

Joanne Budd, Head of media operations

The seventh major tournament for another long-serving official whom the FA signed up on a free transfer from Crystal Palace 16 years ago. Has overseen the building of the media centre at England's Royal Bafokeng training camp.

Mark Whittle, Head of media relations

Also charged with keeping happy the huge media pack following England.

Stuart Mawhinney, Website editor

No relation to the Lord formerly in charge of the Football League. Will double up as a press officer as well as working for

Kenny McCallum, Commercial manager

Negotiated commercial deals including Marks and Spencer for the team suits and Toshiba for laptops.

David Beckham, Role as yet undecided

All-round mascot, 2018 bid saviour, and 115-cap legend. Should England win the World Cup, expect to see him on the pitch at the end.