4/9/2018 9:06:48 PM (GMT+3)

Italian football can grow if they stop copying others: Capello

Italian football can grow if they stop copying others: Capello

NEW DELHI, India: Former Real Madrid and England coach Fabio Capello, who on Monday confirmed he has retired from football management, said he was very sad to watch Italy failed to qualify for 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“Italian football does not have many talented players. The quality is not very high. It is time to start working from scratch to understand where we went wrong. We should try to produce something based on Italian characteristics, and not copy others,” Capello told www.fifa.com.

The 71-year-old had been linked with the vacant Italy coaching job after leaving Jiangsu Suning of the Chinese Super League (CSL) last month, but he ruled himself out of the Italy coaching job.

“I am delighted to be a TV commentator,” he added.

The former AC Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid coach looked back at the goal he scored in his only World Cup appearance.

“I scored a useless goal against Poland in 1974 because we lost the game 2-1. We were eliminated by Argentina due to goal difference. So it wasn’t a World Cup which left me with fond memories. I knew there were many Italian immigrant workers in Germany supporting us, but we packed for home after the group stage,” said the former England manager, who never played in the World Cup thereafter.

“I had played all the qualifying matches for the 1978 edition, but when we headed to the World Cup I was left out of the squad. It remains a pity for me, to this day,” said Capello.

The Italian took England to the Round of 16 in 2010 South Africa, but endured a group-stage exit with Russia in Brazil four years ago.

“To train a national team, you have to know what team you have at your disposal and what this team is capable of. You need to get the best out of them and take them as far as possible. Yet, sometimes, you can’t achieve your goals. Some players under-perform playing under pressure and even key players make mistakes during a World Cup,” he explained.