Fabio Capello will learn England's Euro 2012 fate on Friday admitting his charges face a stiffer challenge next summer than they did at the World Cup.
In what Capello has confirmed will be his final tournament as England coach, there is a clear worst-case scenario - it pits the Three Lions against one of last years' finalists in South Africa, Spain or Holland, plus Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and a resurgent French outfit, who won at Wembley just over 12 months ago.
Quite obviously, it would be a draw substantially harder than a pairing with the United States, Algeria and Slovenia which proved so troublesome in South Africa, leading Capello to his firm conclusion; the Euros are tougher than the World Cup. Capello said: "Absolutely. This time it will be stronger."
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