The fact England have not won a major tournament since 1966 is a stumbling block for their players, according to Fabio Capello.
Fabio Capellobelieves the biennial expectation that England may be able to replicate their 1966 success isharmful to the Three Lions’ playersat major tournaments.
England won the World Cup 54 years ago and have sufferedheartache at numerous tournamentssince, including during Capello’s stint between 2007 and 2012.
The Italian was in charge for the 2010 World Cup, when Englandcrashed to a 4-1 loss to Germanyin their last-16 clash.
“The England shirt weighs heavy,” Capello told The Guardian.
“So much time has passed without winning – ’66 is a problem because whenever a World Cup or Euros starts, they think they can do it again. Always, always, always.
“It’s important to play without that weight, with more freedom. A lot is psychology but, honestly, I think the problem England have isthey arrive at tournaments tired.”
Capello explained that thecompetitive nature of the Premier League, which only introduced a mini mid-season break for the first time this season, was the issue.
“In September, October, November, we had no problem playing the world’s best teams,” Capello argued.
“In March, April, so-so. In June, problems. That’s why I think it is physical.
“You play a lot of [club] games and your culture is:fight, fight, fight, never stop, even if you’re four down. I liked that.”
Gareth Southgatetook England to the World Cup semi-finals two years ago only to suffer defeat at the hands of Croatia after extra time in Russia.
“My team was a bit old, we didn’t have young players and in the past there was tiredness, now they have good young players,” Capello added.
“Harry Kane and Raheem Sterlingare important. There’s quality, speed, everything. If I have a doubt now, it’s the centre-backs but England have lads who are younger, fresher.
“You also need confidence and England have that now.”