Retirement beckons for Capello after Euro 2012

ROME - England coach Fabio Capello has announced that the England post will be his last in football as he plans to retire from the dugout following Euro 2012.

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Published: Sat 16 Oct 2010, 4:07 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:35 AM

The 64-year-old - who was considered fortunate to remain in the post after England’s disappointing exit in the World Cup quarter-finals - said at a book signing by a friend in Milan on Friday that he was too old to consider another coaching job.

“At the moment I think of nothing else but Euro-2012 with England,” said Capello, who is regarded as one of the greatest club coaches.

“After that I will go into retirement.

“Unfortunately I am old, I no longer have the time: this will be my last experience on the bench.”

Capello, who guided AC Milan to four league titles and the 1994 Champions League final where they overwhelmed Barcelona 4-0, has been coach of England since 2008.

While he easily qualified them for the World Cup finals, he received heavy criticism for how they performed in South Africa - eventually losing 4-1 to Germany - and was perhaps saved from the sack because he had extended his contract prior to the finals.

While they are unbeaten in their three Euro 2012 qualifiers they were held 0-0 by minnows Montenegro on Tuesday at Wembley and trail the Balkan country by three points, though, they have a game in hand and a superior goal difference.

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