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Sunday 28 December 2014

Capello to stay on as England coach

England manager Fabio Capello arrives at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
England manager Fabio Capello arrives at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
England manager Fabio Capello (centre) arrives at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
Frank Lampard's girlfriend Christine Bleakley arrives at Heathrow Airport, London
Frank Lampard's girlfriend Christine Bleakley arrives at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
Frank Lampard's girlfriend Christine Bleakley arrives at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
England ambassador David Beckham arrives at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
England's Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick arrive at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
England's Wayne Rooney arrives at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
England's ambassador David Beckham, Jaime Carragher and Stephen Warnock arrive at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
England's Joe Hart arrives at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
England's Wayne Rooney arrives at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
England's Robert Green, Gareth Barry and Emile Heskey arrive at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
England's Gareth Barry and Emile Heskey arrive at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
England's Ashley Cole arrives at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
England's John Terry arrives at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
England's David James arrives at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
England's Aaron Lennon arrives at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
England's Frank Lampard arrives at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
England's Jermain Defoe arrives at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
Joe Cole's wife Carly Zucker arrives at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
England coach Stuart Pearce and Matthew Upson arrives at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
England coach Stuart Pearce (bottom) John Terry (centre, right), Matthew Upson (centre, left), Jermain Defoe (top, right) and fitness coach Massimo Neri arrive at Heathrow Airport, London. The England team returned to the UK after a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday
Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrates scoring the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
Manuel Neuer of Germany watches the ball bounce over the line from a shot that hit the crossbar from Frank Lampard of England, but referee Jorge Larrionda judges the ball did not cross the line during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
Manuel Neuer of Germany watches the ball bounce over the line from a shot that hit the crossbar from Frank Lampard of England, but referee Jorge Larrionda judged the ball did not cross the line during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
Manuel Neuer of Germany watches the ball bounce over the line from a shot that hit the crossbar from Frank Lampard of England, but referee Jorge Larrionda judged the ball did not cross the line during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
Germany v England, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger signs autographs at the England v Germany second round match, World Cup 2010
TV pundit Chris Kamara with fans ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
Germany v England, World Cup 2010
Bastian Schweinsteiger's girlfriend Sarah Brandner (C) and Silvia Meichel, girlfriend of Mario Gomez of Germany, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger pictured at the England v Germany second round match, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
TV presenter Christine Bleakley ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
TV presenter Christine Bleakley ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
Toni Poole, wife of John Terry, ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
Germany v England, World Cup 2010
TV presenter Christine Bleakley ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
TV presenter Christine Bleakley ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
England v Germany, World Cup 2010
Melanie (L) girlfriend of Piotr Trochowski, Silvia Meichel (C), girlfriend of Mario Gomez, and Anna Maria Lagerblom, girlfriend of Mesut Oezil attend the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
Germany v England, World Cup 2010

Fabio Capello looks set to remain as England head coach despite the team's World Cup failure with Football Association chiefs instead being urged to invest in a long-term plan for success.

Sir Dave Richards, the Premier League chairman who also heads the new 'Club England', will spend the next couple of weeks taking stock of the situation before making a recommendation to the FA board.

The chances of Capello being sacked look to be receding by the day however. It is understood that Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA's director of football development and a key figure in the process, will recommend that Capello is kept on for the rest of his contract until 2012.

Brooking's view is that replacing him with another manager will not solve the underlying problem with English football, and a number of FA board and international committee members are also of the same opinion.

At the FA's post mortem of the World Cup fiasco, Brooking will argue for a properly-funded long-term masterplan to bring through young players, starting by increasing the number of coaches at youth level.

Capello's 10 years' experience working at AC Milan's academy during the 1980s also adds weight to the argument for him to stay as he could have a major input into the future development of young players.

Some FA figures believe the £9million that would be saved by not firing Capello and employing a replacement on a similar salary level would be a good start in terms of funding youth development.

The remaining two years on Capello's contract would also give Stuart Pearce more experience both at under-21 level and as the Italian's assistant, and grooming him to be a ready-made replacement in 2012.

The FA's post mortem will also include a big debate on the future of youth football.

The Professional Game Youth Development Group, set up in 2008 following a review by Richard Lewis and headed by Howard Wilkinson, was disbanded after just one year by the Football League and Premier League.

Amazingly, since then there has been no decision-making body in control of youth development in English football.

It would be almost impossible to impose the much-touted Bundesliga model on Premier League clubs, but it will be made clear to FA chiefs how Germany reacted to their failure at Euro 2000 by completely shaking up their youth development system, and how they have reaped the rewards with their young team at this World Cup.

Richard Caborn, the former sports minister who forced through the Burns review of the FA, said sacking Capello would solve nothing.

Caborn told Press Association Sport: "We can't just deal with the symptoms, we have to get to the root of the problem.

"English football and the Premier League have to come together to develop young English players.

"Fabio Capello is one of the best coaches in the world and if the FA replace him then it is just papering over the cracks and the same problem will come up again."

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