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Capello could emulate 1966 disciplinarian Ramsay: Hurst

The only player to score a hat trick in a World Cup final, Hurst played under Alf Ramsay in that championship 41 years ago and he sees similarities.

sports Updated: Dec 16, 2007 21:37 IST

Fabio Capello will instill the same discipline that helped England win its only World Cup in 1966, according to Geoff Hurst.

The only player to score a hat trick in a World Cup final, Hurst played under Alf Ramsay in that championship 41 years ago and he sees similarities.

"He seems to be quite a disciplinarian. All the stars have to play for him and they have to earn their places," Hurst said Sunday. "That is very encouraging for the team.

"We had that in our time with the manager (Ramsay), the discipline with a group of super players. There was no individual star who felt they were bigger than anybody else." Capello, who was appointed by the Football Association on Friday and will be introduced at a news conference on Monday, takes over an England side which failed to qualify for next year's European Championship.

Despite having a talented group of individual stars, including David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Joe Cole, the players dubbed the "golden generation" struggled to blend as a team.

"You do not need to coach Lampard how to kick a ball, or Steven Gerrard how to play," Hurst said. "You need to manage the group with a strong discipline to get the best out of them. The way England have been playing is not as a team, which stems from strong discipline and a strong team ethic."

England went into the 1966 World Cup with a nucleus of talented players, such as Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, goalkeeper Gordon Banks and striker Jimmy Greaves. But Ramsay dropped Greaves and replaced him with the lesser known Hurst.

He also created a disciplined style of play without any orthodox wingers and the team, which beat West Germany 4-2 after extra time in the final, became known as Ramsay's "wingless wonders." "The fans do not feel that the players, when they have the national jersey on, play with enough passion," Hurst said. "That stems from the man at the top and the work ethic the leader inspires in the players. With Fabio Capello coming in, this maybe is the man we are looking for."

Capello led AC Milan, AS Roma, Juventus and Real Madrid to 14 titles, although Juve's championships in 2005 and '06 were canceled because of a match-fixing scandal. None of his teams played flamboyant, risky soccer but were organized, disciplined and gave little away.

He told the Italian TV broadcaster RAI on Saturday that he expected the England job to be his last and wrote in Sunday's column for Spanish sports newspaper Marca he had to finish his media work to concentrate on England.

"Tomorrow I will be presented as the England coach and I will start a new challenge in my career as coach," he wrote. "Now what I hope is to return this confidence and that England will soon be once more among the best teams in the world."

The FA has come under fire for not appointing an English coach and allowing Capello to bring a backup team of four Italians. But the FA is negotiating with him to add an Englishman _ possibly under-21 coach Stuart Pearce or former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer _ to the backup team.

"I spoke to Fabio about it, the options, and he is very relaxed about it. He has a structure and we did not want to just do it for the sake of doing it," FA director Trevor Brooking said. "Somebody like Stuart, who has done really well in the last few months, will be very much part of the discussion to see how best to move this forwards."

Brooking also said the FA wanted to set up a structure so that the FA could appoint a top quality and successful English head coach in the future without needing to look abroad for the best man. "Long term I'd like to appoint an Englishman, but that would need significant investment and how we transform what we did with our players and coaches currently," Brooking said.