Fabio Capello was formally appointed England manager on December 14, 2007.
The Italian, then 61, had made his interest in the job well known and was installed as the number one candidate after Jose Mourinho backed out of the running.
Capello succeeded Steve McClaren, who was sacked following England’s failure to qualify for Euro 2008, and signed a four-and-a-half-year deal.
Explaining the Football Association’s choice, chief executive Brian Barwick said of the former Juventus, AC Milan and Real Madrid boss: “When we set out to recruit the new manager, we said we were committed to appointing a world-class candidate.
“In Fabio Capello we have that man. I am delighted Fabio has agreed to become England manager. He is a winner and his record over the last two decades speaks for itself.
“At every club he has managed, Fabio has won the league title and (director of
football development) Sir Trevor Brooking and I were left in no doubt of his passion and commitment to bring that success to the England team.”
Capello’s services came at a price, with the FA hoping the Italian could elevate England among the contenders for the World Cup in 2010 and Euro 2012.
England’s qualifying campaign for the World Cup could scarcely have gone better but Capello came under fire after defeat by Germany in the last 16 in South Africa.
He was backed to continue in the role by the FA but resigned in February 2012 following the governing body’s decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy.