In an exclusive interview for Sportsmail, legendary manager and former England boss Fabio Capello has reflected on the Three Lions' success so far at Euro 2020, giving his typically strong verdict on the likes of Gareth Southgate, Harry Kane and Kalvin Phillips.
Capello's own England career ended in misery after the flop at the 2010 World Cup, the nadir of which came with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Germany, over who Southgate's side finally gained sweet revenge in the last-16 on Tuesday night.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
And Capello, whose all-conquering AC Milan of the 1990s remain one of club football's greatest ever sides, has plenty of praise for the current England players, including some of the less celebrated among the group.
During the tournament he has been working as a pundit for Sky Sport Italia, and here he also talks about Italy's superb form, their boss Roberto Mancini, Belgium and Inter Milan star Romelu Lukaku, and more.
Alvise Cagnazzo, Sportsmail's man in Italy, was asking the questions...
Kalvin Phillips (right) and Declan Rice (centre) have been the bedrock of England's success
Fabio Capello managed England at the 2010 World Cup and has had his say on the current crop
'Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice are two phenomenal players, very different from Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, who I coached: they are very functional in this England, they are two great midfielders who fight on every action. If England never concede a goal, they owe it to these two extraordinary guys, who even run into the locker room after every game! They are the secret of this great England. If the defense is iron, it is thanks to them because they protect their comrades.
Phillips and Rice are