Moscow - Ex-England boss Fabio Capello vowed
Thursday to inject youth and vigour into Russia's laboured performances
as he signed on to head the squad with a mission of making the 2014
World Cup in Brazil.
The 66-year-old Italian signed the two-year
deal in Moscow with the Russian Football Union for an undisclosed sum.
News reports had said Capello was negotiating a two-year contract with
the possibility of an extension.
"We are going to be carefully
watching all our clubs and especially watching out for the performance
of the young players," Capello told reporters after signing the deal.
has great prospects and a tremendous amount of potential," he said of a
nation ranked 13 by the world football governing body FIFA.
will pick a team in poor spirits after a disappointing Euro 2012
campaign that saw Russia fail to progress out of the group stage and
become mired in scandal involving its talismanic captain Andrei
Calls for the midfielder to be stripped of his captaincy
rang out across the media this summer after Arshavin was taped saying
he saw no reason to apologise for the Euro performance and suggesting
that players were happy to be going home.
Capello had firm words for Arshavin's behaviour.
will talk to him and inquire where this lack of love for the fans -
this lack of love for the Russian shirt - comes from," Capello told
reporters at a news conference where his comments in Italian were
translated into Russian.
He also hinted of a new approach
involving international recruits to the national squad who could assume
Russian citizenship in a bid to help rejuvenate the veteran side.
"One should not forget that teams like Germany and Italy have players with dual nationalities," Capello said.
"Spain has those players as well - and they are champions," he said.
will be taking with him a handful of Italian coaches as Russia
continues a policy of looking abroad following the departure of Dutch
manager Dick Advocaat.
"We do not have a specialist at Capello's
level in Russia," Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told the RIA Novosti news
agency on Thursday.
"No matter how painful or bitter this is to admit, it is true," the minister said.
Capello will be on the touchline for the first time on August 15 when Russia play a friendly against Ivory Coast.