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Capello rules out change of base

England manager Fabio Capello has ruled out changing their training base despite being dumped in a group as far away from Krakow as possible.

With two matches in Donetsk, the opener against France on June 11 and a concluding Group D encounter with hosts Ukraine eight days later, either side of a June 15 trip to Kiev where they will face Sweden, England face journeys totalling 5,000 miles in the group stage alone.

Yet Capello, who chose a city centre location in Krakow after an extensive search ended with the Italian adamant his side would prepare better in Poland, is not entertaining any thought of a change.

"Absolutely not," he said. "I am happy with Krakow. When we played in Ukraine, we arrived the day before. That was a long trip from London. When we played Montenegro we did the same. I prefer to play in Krakow because the facilities are really good.

"The players will be happy with the hotel and the training."

Geography apart, Capello has nothing much to grumble about, having drawn Ukraine, France and Sweden in Group D. Although, he added: "All the games will be difficult."


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