No sucks please, we're British

MORRIS DALLA COSTA

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

It doesn't matter whether the coach of England's national soccer team is Italian, English, Chinese, Swedish or Bahrianian.

The national team will never win a major international trophy until the attitude of an entire nation changes.

One can only hope the latest national team bungling that's led them to miss the European championship being held in Austria and Switzerland in June has taught them that lesson.

Whether you are a fan of the English or not, there are certain teams that should be present in any major tournament and England is one of them.

Fabio Capello is the latest victim to be thrown into the lion's den. The former Italian national team coach has taken over England's national side after the short and less-than-stellar career of Steve McClaren, who was fired as coach after England failed to qualify for the 2008 European Championship.

It was difficult enough for the English to accept Swede Sven Goran Ericksson as their coach.

But an Italian being brought in to save English soccer is about as unpalatable as it gets. It really has nothing to do with nationality but with style.

In England, it isn't good enough to win. Pressure is so enormous the team has to win with aplomb, with elan, with domination especially against so-called weaker teams. Anything less leads to a firestorm of criticism from the people who really run the national program -- the English fans and the media.

Which is why the selection of Capello will provide England with something they've rarely had before -- a man who cares little what the press thinks, what the fans think and, in many ways, what the players think. He cares little about how his team wins, only that they win.

With Capello at the helm, England would have been playing in Euro 2008. They would never have been in a situation to need a tie against Croatia to advance.

They never would have given up a third goal after they came back from 2-0 down to tie the final game against Croatia. He would have killed the game off. Croatia would never had another chance to score, let alone win the game on a late goal. But the English felt they had to win or be excoriated in the press.

Capello said something very interesting in an Italian newspaper after being hired as the England manager.

"There is a tremendous difference in the appearances between one game to another," Capello said. "How can footballers at the level of Beckham and Owen display such different games when they play for their own national team? It is clear the English shirt is very heavy also for these great champions."

If you allow the pressure to manage you, you'll never be able to manage the pressure.

Capello is a coach who has had a great deal of success. As all successful coaches, he has an ego and believes in himself and his decisions. He'll have his players play the way he believes they can be successful or they won't play.

He has a history of benching even the most popular players including David Beckham, Alex Del Piero, Francesco Totti. He won't give in to media or fan pressure to play those players.

There have been warnings Capello won't be able to handle the English media.

Many in the media are already complaining an Englishman wasn't picked to coach the national team.

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Many in the media are already complaining that the selection of Capello means a boring style of play.

Considering the lack of success the national team has had, a little bit more discipline and organization might help.

One of the reasons England hasn't won a major national competition in years is because coaches succumb to the pressure of the English media. Capello doesn't care.

Will he be successful? Who knows. But he stands a better chance because he'll be the coach, not the media or fans.


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