Monday October 24 2011
Udinese and Italy please Capello

England boss Fabio Capello admits that he's been left impressed by Udinese and the Italian national side.

The Bianconeri are currently top of Serie A after finishing fourth last term, while the Azzurri were one of the first nations to qualify for Euro 2012.

"Udinese are now to be considered as a great reality of the Italian game," Capello told Radio RAI on Monday morning.

"I saw them play against Arsenal in the Champions League preliminary round and they are now a worthy European outfit.

"Had they not sold their three prized assets in the summer – Alexis Sanchez [Barcelona], Gokhan Inler [Napoli] and Cristian Zapata [Villarreal] – then they could have won the Scudetto this season…

"Italy? I hope that they, and England, can go far," added the former Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid boss.

"I see good things from them under Cesare Prandelli. The impression I get is that who gets called up to the squad responds to the national side with desire and happiness. That was missing for a while."

One man who could be a part of the Azzurri side at Euro 2012 is Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

"I think he's changed a lot in recent months," Capello continued. "He's accepting decisions from the referee and he's not questioning his substitutions.

"I think a lot of credit has to go to boss Roberto Mancini, he's worked well with a boy who has enormous potential."

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