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Capello welcome to stay on - Triesman

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Football Association chairman Lord Triesman would welcome Fabio Capello extending his stay as England manager for as long as he wanted.

The Italian has been in the job for a year now and has revived a squad which failed to reach the 2008 European Championships. And Triesman sees no reason why the former AC Milan and Real Madrid boss would not want to "stay around" as long as possible.

"Fabio is very clear and specific about what he needs. What I sense is a very profound level of respect for the way he works and a desire to work alongside him," Lord Triesman told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

He added: "I think it would be great if he stayed beyond the next World Cup.

England are currently top of their World Cup qualifying group following a 100% record of four successive wins, which included a superb 4-1 victory in Croatia.

Capello, 62, signed a lucrative four-and-a-half-year deal which would take him through to the campaign to reach Euro 2012, although the contract does include an opt-out after South Africa next summer.

"We look as though we are on our way to the World Cup - and if we get there, I think we have got a side which is absolutely brimming with confidence," he added.

"There is no reason why we could not do very well - and looking at the way Fabio has moved us on in this period, if I project it into the future of course I would like him around. Who wouldn't?"

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