Carlo Ancelotti believes England have a better chance of lifting the this summer’s World Cup than his native Italy.
The Azzurri are the defending champions following but Chelsea boss Ancelotti likes the look of an England side led by his compatriot Fabio Capello.
Ancelotti told Radio anch’io lo sport: “The England team has excellent credentials. They have players who play at a very high level and there are great expectations for the World Cup.
“In Italy the situation is different because they are going through a transitional period. (Coach Marcello) Lippi will do well to unite the players who are emerging within the squad and those who were successful in 2006.”
Ancelotti, who has been named as a possible successor to Lippi after this summer’s finals in South Africa, reiterated his desire to remain at Stamford Bridge.
“Me with the national team? No, I am fine here,” he said. “I hope to stay at Chelsea, we have good chances to win things. I hope after Lippi it is an Italian coach but it is hard to say who the best candidate is.”