Russia appoint Capello

Initial two-year deal for veteran Italian coach

Fabio Capello: Has signed a two-year deal to manage Russia

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Former England boss Fabio Capello has been officially announced as the new manager of Russia.

The 66-year-old Italian will take charge of Russia's 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign having signed what is believed to be a two-year deal with the option of an extension until 2018.

The precise financial details of the agreement between the Russian federation and the veteran coach remain undisclosed.

Capello's first task is to smooth tensions following Russia's disappointing exit from Euro 2012 under predecessor Dick Advocaat.

The team fell at the group stages and skipper Andrey Arshavin exacerbated the problem by claiming the players had nothing to apologise for and were happy to go home.

Capello said: "I will talk to him and enquire where this lack of love for the fans, this lack of love for the Russian shirt, comes from."

Dual nationality

The former AC Milan and Real Madrid manager also indicated his intention to utilise the growing number of foreign players now resident in the country and playing in the Russian Premier League.

He added: "One should not forget that teams like Germany and Italy have players with dual nationalities. Spain has those players as well and they are champions."

Capello impressed in the early stages of his tenure with England and suggested his job with the Three Lions would be his last in football.

But he resigned in the wake of a disastrous World Cup 2010 exit and the row over John Terry losing the captaincy.