Capello makes England unity call

England coach Fabio Capello has urged the whole nation to get behind the side at the World Cup finals this summer.

In a statement posted on the Football Association's official website, Capello announced that June 12, the day England open up their Group C account against USA in South Africa, will be 'England Football Day' and he wants the next generation of fans to be inspired by the players during the showpiece event.

The statement read:"Dear England, Saturday 12 June is an important date for my England team: our first game of the World Cup.

"Throughout qualification we enjoyed fantastic support from everyone in England. The players know that when they wear the England shirt they are playing for the whole nation.

"So when we are in South Africa we will have all of you, our fans, in our thoughts. We know you will be with us in every moment and at every stage.

"June 12 will also be an important day for those people back home. It will be England Football Day, a day to celebrate all of English football.

"In England we each share a wonderful passion for the game. But I believe we must also share the responsibility to inspire a new generation to play the game.

"So as we take our first steps onto the pitch at the World Cup, I would like as many people as possible to take their first steps in football. I would like more people to play, more people to coach, more people to referee – more people to be involved in every area of the game.

"Every person in England is part of our squad, we are one team. On 12 June let's come together for England."

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