Fabio Capello claims rebuilding the confidence in England’s squad is one of the big reasons for their turnaround ahead of the World Cup.
Capello took charge of the Three Lions following a disastrous Euro 2008 qualifying campaign that had seen the team fail to reach the finals.
And now, after a solid qualifying campaign that witnessed just one defeat, England are third favourites (7/1 with totesport, Victor Chandler, Paddy Power, bwin, bodog, Ladbrokes, Coral and William Hill) to lift the Jules Rimet Trophy in South Africa.
Capello told the Daily Mirror: “When your players are all in good form it is easy but you have to realise this is not always going to be the case.
“You have to be able to react when they lose form and make changes during a game and even during training sessions.
“It is really important to let the players recover in terms of confidence. You do need instinct as a manager but you also need experience to back up your instinct.”