Giovanni Trapattoni has officially taken charge of Ireland and set his sights on qualifying his adopted country for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
Assessing Ireland’s chances of World Cup qualification, Capello said: “I am looking forward to the challenge.
“It will be difficult as we are in a tough group with five other very good teams, but I trust my team. We are all friends and we will work together.
“It will be a great honour to qualify, but first we have two very important weeks coming up at the end of this month.”
He was referring to friendlies against Serbia at Croke Park and Colombia at Fulham’s Craven Cottage that will allow him to make an initial assessment of the squad he has inherited.
“Very soon we will trim the squad from 40 to 28 players,” added Trapattoni as an initial enlarged squad was announced last month.
“We will talk to those players who have retired from international football, but who are still playing at a high level.
“They have to decide over the next few weeks if they want to be involved. If they don’t then they will not come.
“We will then use the training camp in Portugal to get our ideas across to the players.”
Ireland have failed to qualify for the last three major tournaments, but Trapattoni is confident he can oversee a change of fortunes.
“I have always sought a challenge to bring out the best in me.
“When Don Givens (under-21 coach and a member of the three-man selection panel) called me and asked me if I would be interested in becoming Ireland manager, I became very excited.
“At that moment I was working in Salzburg (with Red Bull), but I needed a new experience, and I think this job is the right one at the right time for me.”