Capello commits future to England

Head coach Fabio Capello has committed his future to England until after the next European Championship in 2012.

Under the terms of the contract the Italian signed in December 2007, Capello or the Football Association could terminate the deal after this summer's World Cup Finals in South Africa.

However, after recently being linked with several high-profile club jobs, Capello is reported to have asked for the escape clause to be removed and the FA agreed to the request.

"I have a contract with the FA and it will finish when they decide to sack me," he said.

The 63-year-old former Real Madrid, AS Roma, AC Milan and Juventus coach is widely credited with breathing fresh life to the ailing England national team.

He replaced Steve McClaren following the failure to qualify for Euro 2008 and presided over an impressive qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup in which the Three Lions only lost one game.

"Managing a national team has been a new experience for me," he explained.

"I discovered new things about what I have to do and the relationship between the players and the manager.

"Now we are arriving at the most important moment. I understand the pressure, the confidence of the country in this team and it is really exciting. I am very focused."

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