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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug 11, 2009

Van Marwijk: England can win the World Cup

Holland coach Bert van Marwijk has highlighted Fabio Capello as part of the foreign factor helping England's football development - and he sees them as one of the favourites for next year's World Cup.

England, like Van Marwijk's men, have a 100% record in qualification - and the Dutchman feels Capello has them playing in a more intelligent way compared to past teams.

In contrast to Holland's 'Total Football', England have been accused of failing to keep the ball and eventually tiring out - but Van Marwijk is full of admiration for the changes Capello has made.

Before Wednesday's friendly at Amsterdam ArenA, Van Marwijk said: "Every time England qualify for the World Cup they are one of the favourites. They have a lot of potential and at the moment they have a very good team.

"This is also to do with the coach. They are trying to play football. I saw a lot of videos of English teams and I like the way they playing football.''

Van Marwijk feels the foreign imports in the Premier League have also played a role, as well as the Italian coach appointed by the Football Association.

"Maybe in the past England played more opportune football and now you are trying to play more football,'' he added.

"It has to do with the coach and also players in England coming from the continent. They play in another way - so maybe both parties learned from each, and the English are better now.''

The Dutch have already secured their place at South Africa, while England are on the brink of qualification, with both countries in new eras under Capello and Van Marwijk.

"From the first moment I started as a coach, you saw that we were a team,'' added the Dutch coach. "That feeling is becoming stronger and stronger.''

Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Mark van Bommel will miss the friendly through injury, but Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong returns from suspension.

Van Marwijk expects Wayne Rooney to make an impact but refused to be drawn on whether he will man-mark the Manchester United forward, who has 10 goals in his last seven internationals.

"I cannot say how we will play against England, but we are aware Rooney is one of the best players for them,'' he said.

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