Capello demands dedication

England manager plans to 'change the mentality' of his side

England manager Fabio Capello has demanded 'courage and strength' from his players in their forthcoming friendlies as he looks to 'change the mentality' of the side.

Capello's men go head-to-head with the United States at Wembley on Wednesday before taking on Trinidad and Tobago the following Sunday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

And after witnessing the all-English UEFA Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea, the Italian has revealed his determination to recapture the spirit and hunger supporters witness England players produce on a regular basis at club level.

"When you play for the national team you have to play like it is a final in every game," he said. "Against USA I want to see one team playing like a group, with courage, and strength.


"It is very important for me to recover the spirit of the England team. We have 28 players and before we leave for Trinidad, I will choose 20 or 21 players.

"Everyone has to come when I select them and these players have to play with the spirit like they do at their clubs.

"My ambition is to arrive at the top. You have to work to change the mentality. I believe we can do that but the players must also believe.

"England had two teams in the Champions League final and they are ambitious teams. You have to transmit the same ambitions in the England team.

"When a player puts on the England shirt you have to play with a certain kind of spirit and that is very important.

"I will play the first 11 who I think are the best players at the moment. It is also very important for the other players.

"I will experiment against Trinidad. We have good material here and have been competitive against every team."


Capello also voiced his confidence of bettering Sir Bobby Robson's semi-final achievement at the 1990 World Cup.

He added: "Yes. Why not? He said I have been with Roma, Juventus, Milan, Real Madrid and always wanted to go to the very top. I don't understand why people feel differently. We need to be ambitious."