Fabio still the man for the job

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Gareth Barry insists the England dressing room is fully behind Fabio Capello.

The Three Lions go into battle for the first time in a competitive international since the World Cup on Friday when they tackle Bulgaria in their opening Euro 2012 qualifier.

With a tricky trip to Switzerland following on September 7, there are some who fear the end result will be so poor, the Football Association are going to be left with little alternative other than to oust the Italian.

Yet Barry, one of 13 members of Capello's current squad who survived the debacle in South Africa, said: "Everyone is right behind the manager. I firmly believe the players and manager can go on and do great things. He is still the man to take England forward."

After building up an air of impregnability during his first two years in charge, Capello has seemed to do little right since he launched the ill-fated 'Capello Index'.

Despite the FA's frustration, and to Capello's continued embarrassment, the Index continues to log the fortunes of players, even though the Italian has tried to have it closed down and has long since distanced himself from the concept.

Yet, points are still being accumulated in line with the system he devised.

Unfortunately, only four of his 24-man squad - Scott Carson, Matthew Upson, Theo Walcott and Darren Bent - have made it into a dream team from the most recent list; a 'Capello Index' team including Roger Johnson and Nicky Shorey accumulating 745.45 points as opposed to the best England's potential starting line-up on Friday could muster, 679.09.

Although it has been suggested Capello is determined to adopt a less intense approach, Barry has not detected a notable change.

"I have not noticed anything different," he said. "He still wants us to play at a high tempo but the whole squad is pretty relaxed.

"Everything is pretty chilled there so there are not too many changes. We just want to get the results right. That is going to be what makes people happy."

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