Capello: Confidence is key

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Fabio Capello has urged his players to show no fear as England take the next step forward in his revolution.

The Three Lions tackle Euro 2008 victors Spain in Seville on Wednesday night, with Capello eager to see whether the giant strides taken during his first year in charge can be maintained.

"We want to see players who have no fear and plenty of confidence," he said. "This is a very important step for me. We have to play against all the teams in the world convinced we can win."

He added: "When we played against Germany, I knew which position we were in. Now I don't and we have to recover it."

As a former club manager with Juventus, AC Milan and Real Madrid, Capello realises the annual February friendly is hardly timed ideally, coming just before the major European competitions resume and at a time when the Premier League is taking shape before the long run-in.

So he did not need to take any calls from worried managers hoping he will take it easy.

The Italian intends to use all his substitutes, many of them at half-time, to ensure no-one returns from their England assignment too tired.

In return, Capello expects his club counterparts to adopt a lenient approach ahead of the key World Cup qualifier against the Ukraine in April, next October's return meeting in Kiev and the clash with Croatia a month earlier, games which will determine whether England reach South Africa next year.

"I've never been compromised and I have never given a compromise," said Capello.

"I know the problems for the clubs because I was one. I can help them and I hope they help me when I need them."

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