FA confident Capello will stay

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The Football Association are relaxed about the possibility of Fabio Capello being linked with the vacant Inter Milan job.

Capello is bound to be one of the names mentioned following Wednesday's dismissal of Gian Piero Gasperini, who has been axed just three matches into the new Serie A season. Inter president Massimo Moratti has previously spoken in glowing terms about the 65-year-old Capello, who presided over AC Milan's glory days a decade ago.

However, the FA are totally confident Capello would resist any overtures and is intent on remaining in his job until after Euro 2012.

England visit Montenegro next month knowing a draw will be enough to clinch a place in next summer's finals in Poland and Ukraine.

General manager Franco Baldini has already agreed to take up a similar position with Roma once qualification is assured.

However, with further friendlies to prepare for, and players' form to assess, the FA do not view that as likely in Capello's situation and are certain the Italian will see out his contract as agreed.

Moratti decided it was time for a change after Gasperini's side lost 3-1 at newly-promoted Novara on Tuesday night - their fourth defeat in five games this term.

A statement from the club read: "The club wishes to thank Gian Piero Gasperini for the effort shown during his tenure and manifests its true disappointment for the interruption of the relationship with the coach."

Gasperini told "In the end, the results are the ones that determine everything. I am very disappointed. It's a pity that our relationship had to be interrupted."

Former Chelsea, Juventus and Roma coach Claudio Ranieri is the leading candidate to replace Gasperini.

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