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Monday 23 October 2017

Capello: 'I'll quit Russia job if I don't get support'

FABIO CAPELLO will quit as headcoach of Russia if his employers and the squad lose belief in him, he told reporters in Moscow.

Speaking at a news conference for the first time since Russia failed to progress from the group stages at the World Cup, the former England coach said he relies on being backed with enthusiasm and confidence.

"When we went to the World Cup, everyone was happy," said the 68-year-old Italian. "Football hinges on moments. The ball - is it in the net or not?

"I work with enthusiasm. If I see support from those around me ... If that belief stops, don't worry, I will quit."

Capello extended his contract, worth 39million a year according to media reports, with the Russian FootballUnion (RFU) in January this year. It runs until the conclusion of the 2018 World Cup, to be hosted by Russia.

RFU president Nikolay Tolstykh said: "The question ofCapello quitting has not even been raised.

"He is under contract and will continue his work. Not onemember of the RFU executive committee has said that they wantCapello to leave."

Capello added: "If I am here, then I will carry on working.This is confirmation of that. The RFU believe in me, as does theMinistry for Sport.

"Our holidays are over. I came to Russia to work and, in amonth's time, we will start our qualification campaign for Euro2016."

Russia have been drawn in Group G, together with Sweden, Austria, Montenegro, Moldova and Liechtenstein in their bid to qualify for the finals in France.

"The main target is the 2018 World Cup in Russia," said Capello. "But before that, we have to get to the Euro 2016 finals.

"These are two related projects, but for me they are different. We are working towards getting good results. Looking towards our home World Cup, we must create a battle-hardened team."

Capello defended goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, whose mistakes inBrazil undermined their campaign. He said he will continueselecting the 28-year-old CSKA Moscow player. He said: "I spoke with Akinfeev and I believe he is a greatgoalkeeper. He will be, he always will be."

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