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Capello praised by Fabregas

Germany v Spain - UEFA EURO 2008 Final

Arsenal midfielder Francesc Fabregas believes Fabio Capello has turned England into a ‘world-class’ team.

“England are a totally different proposition under Capello,” Fabregas said in the Daily Express.

“He’s changed them in every respect. They have become very disciplined, they defend so well and it’s so hard to score against them now.

“Their defenders are like Italian defenders and they defend as if they were Italian.

“Capello has made them defend first ahead of anything else now and England are a world-class team who will be tough opponents at a World Cup.

“In (Fernando) Torres and (David) Villa we have world-class strikers, but John Terry and Rio Ferdinand are brilliant defenders, they know their opponents.”

The 21 year-old has also admitted to his disappointment on missing the clash with England due to his long-term knee injury.

He added: “It will be very hard for me not to play because this would have been such a special game for me.

“But I still think Spain will win. We are European Champions and are playing with confidence and belief.”

Capello has today said why he chose to include David Beckham in his 23 man squad. He reiterated the fact that he will only select players on their form and fitness.

“I choose the players in the best form and that’s why David Beckham is here,” said Capello.

“Against Germany I left him at home because he was not playing but now he’s here because he is playing well.

“He’s not here for sympathy. I don’t choose players for sympathy.”

He has also explained why he is relishing the match against the European Champions.

“I think it will be a very interesting game for me because we’re playing against the European Champions,” he added.

“We beat Germany, who came second, but the style of Spain is different.

“They have some fantastic players and have the best midfield in the world. We’ll have to put a lot of pressure on them.”

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