Fabio - I will be leaving

Italian also has no plans to relocate England from Krakow base

Fabio Capello: The England boss will step down next summer

Fabio Capello: The England boss will step down next summer

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Fabio Capello remained adamant he would be stepping down as England manager next summer on a day when he discovered who his side will face at the finals of Euro 2012.

The Italian is set to leave his post after the finals, where the Three Lions were on Friday drawn in Group D against co-hosts Ukraine, who they faced in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, as well as Sweden and France.

But there has been speculation Capello could continue as England boss after Euro 2012, despite rumours the Football Association wants to appoint Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp.

However, after Friday's draw in Kiev, the 65-year-old insisted would still leave his position regardless of England's fortunes at the European Championship.

"Against France, it will be a tough game because it will be the first and usually the first game is difficult, really difficult."

Fabio Capello

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Asked if it was his last tournament, Capello told Sky Sports News: "Yes, with England, yes."

Good facilities

Questioned further regarding a possible change of mind, he said: "No, I am happy for my job. I hope my last tournament will be something important for the fans."

Capello was also adamant he would not be changing England's Krakow base for Euro 2012, despite all of their group games being set to be played thousands of miles away in the Ukraine.

"No, absolutely not, because I think it is better to find a really good place, good facilities, and we will stay in Krakow and travel," he said regarding any possible relocation.

Euro 2012 finals draw:

Group A
Poland
Greece
Russia
Czech Republic

Group B
Holland
Denmark
Germany
Portugal

Group C
Spain
Italy
Republic of Ireland
Croatia

Group D
Ukraine
Sweden
France
England

Group D appeared favourable for England and Capello agreed, although he would have preferred Group A, which includes co-hosts Poland, Greece, Russia and the Czech Republic.

The Italian was also pleased to avoid Group B, which is next summer's group of death containing the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Portugal.

Tough

Capello knows England's first group game against France on 11th June will be crucial before a match against Sweden four days later and a concluding fixture with Ukraine on 19th June.

"I think Group B was worse. Group A was better. It is a balanced group," he said of Group D.

"You need to play against the Ukraine. They host the tournament and I remember the games we played in the qualification in the World Cup.

"Against France, it will be a tough game because it will be the first and usually the first game is difficult, really difficult.

"It will be difficult for us and it will be difficult also for France.

"The third game will also be a difficult game."

How far will England go at Euro 2012?

  • Group Stage
  • Quarter-Final
  • Semi-Final
  • Final
  • Winner