Capello warns against complacency
Fabio Capello will warn his players not to expect an easy ride at the Soccer World Cup, despite bookmakers making England favourites to win their group.
England were drawn with the US, Algeria and Slovenia in Group C of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
They play their first game, against the United States, in Rustenburg, on Saturday June 12.
Capello recalled Italy's disastrous 1974 campaign in which he played, when they went out from a group they were expected to dominate.
He said: "There are other groups that are stronger than ours, but I remember when I was a player in Germany in 1974 - sometimes you can think the group is easy and it will not be so. That is what I will tell the players - because psychologically the games you have to play in a World Cup are different to other games.
"I know from my experience as a player that when you play here the pressure is different and the mentality is different."
England are scheduled to play Algeria in Cape Town on Friday June 18 and Slovenia in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday June 23.
Capello's comments were echoed by England veteran Peter Shilton. The former goalkeeper said: "On paper it looks good. But I have been to a World Cup - and these matches never turn out like they look on paper."
England striker Jermain Defoe said: "It is never going to be easy. The games at that level are always difficult, but as an England fan looking in and an England player we'll take that."
Supporters have been warned to plan well in advance if they want to follow the team to South Africa next year. Estimates have suggested about 20,000 England fans could travel to the tournament. To coincide with the draw, the Football Supporters' Federation launched an online guide to South Africa 2010 at www.fsf.org.uk/worldcup/.