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Lampard: Capello would be 'very good choice'

Frank Lampard has given his backing to Fabio Capello as England's new manager as the Italian prepares for talks with Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick.

Although former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho's decision to withdraw from the running was expected to have disappointed the Stamford Bridge international contingent, Lampard said: 'Fabio Capello has shown what he can do by winning titles at all levels of football and would be a very good choice.

'He has proved himself a winner with success everywhere he's been. I honestly don't know who is going to be the new England manager but Capello is certainly the kind of personality that would be good for England.'

Former AC Milan, Juventus, Roma and Real Madrid coach Capello, 61, has emerged as the outstanding favourite to succeed Steve McClaren after Mourinho made it clear earlier this week that he did not want the position and would seek another top job in club football.

But there has been no reaction so far from England captain John Terry who kept his own counsel on the matter after Chelsea's goalless draw against Valencia in the Champions League last night.

But another former Chelsea favourite Gianfranco Zola, who is being tipped as a likely England assistant to his compatriot if, as expected, Capello gets the nod, has said: 'I think he possesses the ideal pedigree to create a new era of success for England.

'Even when Jose Mourinho was in the running I believed that Capello had even more charisma, talent and experience for a challenging job like this one.'