England manager Fabio Capello has stressed his desire to avoid being drawn with the Republic of Ireland in today’s Euro 2012 draw.
Capello said: “I spoke with Giovanni Trapattoni and [his assistant] Marco Tardelli after they got through, I think it’s a real success for Ireland and for this manager. It is a great thing.
“I hope we are not [drawn against them]. The countries are close and also it would be two Italian managers, so I’d prefer not to be drawn with them. It would be interesting, but I prefer not.
“We cannot draw Italy as we are in the same pot but this would be the same for me to face another Italian manager.
Speaking on the prospects of being drawn with Spain and Holland, Capello stated that he would love to avoid the teams who are ranked highest.
He said: “I think you need to avoid [the highest ranked teams in] the first pot, so Spain and Holland. After that there are also Portugal and France in the third and fourth pots, and these are the teams I would prefer to avoid in the group stage.
Echoing Giovanni Trapattoni’s sentiment regarding the host nations, Capello said: “You also need to be careful with Ukraine and Poland, as they can improve a lot with home advantage.
“It is possible they could be the surprise of the tournament. I remember watching some games at Euro 2008 and Switzerland and Austria, the host nations, were very unlucky.
“They played very well, and you need to be careful with the home teams because the fans can make a big difference.”.
England are currently 11/1 to win Euro 2012 on Betfair Ireland