Full-scale England review to study Spain camp
Fabio Capello and the FA hierarchy plan to carefully study how Spain won the World Cup and European Championship, and how a young, unfancied Germany team took South Africa by storm as part of a comprehensive review of the England set-up.
Soccernet can reveal the details of the start of a major FA review into the failings of the Three Lions at the World Cup finals, with English football's governing body planning to scour the world seeking inspiration and knowledge to help improve the national team's fortunes.
While Capello's regimental regime - including restrictions on the WAGs - was designed to add discipline to the England squad, the Spanish squad had their wives and girlfriends integrated into the camp. And the Spanish players were allowed to mingle with the locals, while the England team were 'imprisoned' in Rustenburg.
If a less rigid regime is a winner at major international tournament the England squad might be following the lead of the 2010 champions at future championships.
Capello might find it hard to change his ways, but the FA decided at their two major board meetings on Thursday to leave no stone unturned in a comprehensive review of what went right and, more importantly, what went wrong for England in South Africa.
Part of the review will look at those nations within football, and in other sports, who appear to have the edge in their preparations and on the field performances. Capello showed the first signs of his willingness to be flexible by agreeing to the FA's full scale review.
An FA insider told Soccernet: "The major review of the World Cup will include exploring other people's positive, good experiences of tournaments. That clearly means successful nations in the World Cup and also other sports.
"The feeling is that this must be a total review of what went wrong, and how to put it right, as well as taking on board aspects that did go well. The idea of the review is not just to dissect the failings but to learn, and to put right."
The review process has already begun with hours spent discussing the World Cup, first by the five man Club England board and then later in the day by the full FA Executive board.
There will now be a detailed fact-finding mission spearheaded by Capello and Sir Trevor Brooking to discover the secrets of other countries' success at the World Cup and European Championship in the hope of unlocking their secrets and applying them to England.
Germany regularly seem to be far superior come a major tournament, despite it being suggested that not one of their players was good enough to be selected by England before the start of this year's World Cup.
Yet, collectively Germany always perform well in major tournaments, and now England need to discover how they do it.