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Capello to walk after 2012 to 'enjoy life as pensioner'

Fabio Capello has confirmed he has no intention of continuing as England coach after Euro 2012.

After an abysmal World Cup performance, many pundits believe Capello was fortunate to remain in his £6m-a-year post.

Heading into the current qualifying campaign for the 2012 European Championships, there were huge doubts over the 64-year-old's tenure, with most observers believing two poor results would force the Football Association to take decisive action.

But those concerns have now been removed after a couple of excellent performances against Bulgaria and Switzerland that have yielded six points and seven goals.

That the tally has been achieved despite the absence of skipper Rio Ferdinand and Chelsea duo John Terry and Frank Lampard through injury is even more impressive.

Another victory against Montenegro at Wembley next month would put England in an excellent position to secure a place at the championships in Poland and the Ukraine.

It raised a theory that Capello might be persuaded to stay on at the end of his current deal, particularly as there is no obvious current replacement for the Italian.

Given the flak he has received recently, Capello was presumably bemused to be addressing questions about a new contract.

Nevertheless, he insisted there will not be one.

"Absolutely. Yes," he said when asked whether he would be leaving after Euro 2012, repeating the assertion to make sure everyone understood his comment.

"We have to qualify first, of course, but after that I will be too old.

"I want to enjoy my life as a pensioner."

Capello, meanwhile, is happy to see Steven Gerrard loving life back in central midfield.

The Liverpool skipper has in recent years been shunted around the field as a succession of managers sought to work around reservations about his defensive strength.

Former Reds boss Rafael Benitez employed Gerrard as a supporting striker to Fernando Torres, while Capello used the 30-year-old in a left-sided role to create an axis with leading striker Wayne Rooney.

The arrival of Roy Hodgson at Anfield has changed that thinking, however, and Capello has followed Hodgson's lead in handing Gerrard the job he prefers in the middle of the park, at the same time maintaining the link-up with Rooney.


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