Capello credentials give England a World Cup chance

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Jamie Carragher believes Fabio Capello's proven track record gives England genuine hope of achieving World Cup glory this summer.

The Liverpool defender has returned to the international fold after a self-imposed three-year absence and was used as a second-half substitute in the 3-1 win over Mexico at Wembley on Monday.

Carragher said: "Capello is a focused manager. He is that type of manager. It is difficult for me to say much because I have only been back with England a week."

He added: "I don't think it is right to say 'one manager does this and it is right'. If you win, you are always right.

"Every manager has their own way of winning things, different England managers have their own ways, but the reason they become England manager is because they are very good managers.

"It is not that one way is right or one way is wrong - but this manager has his own style and it has proved successful over the years which is encouraging (for the World Cup)."

Carragher has had little problem in returning to the England fold after initially deciding to quit the international game following the friendly with Brazil at Wembley in June 2007.

"The set-up is different in the sense of it is a different manager, and every manager has their own ideas and way of doing things, so that has changed," he said. "But in terms of the squad, the players, the backroom people, it is all the same and is always run very well, and always has been."

Carragher knows England have room for improvement after their performance against Mexico, particularly in the opening 45 minutes, was not over-impressive.

He said: "Everyone in the camp will be pleased with the result but it wasn't the greatest performance. They played quite well in the first half, and the result is all that matters, and that was against a team which is also going to the World Cup."

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