England coach Fabio Capello has apologised to fans after the World Cup debacle – but is now fully focused on the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
The Three Lions went into the South Africa tournament as one of the favourites but were knocked out at the last 16 stage after a 4-1 drubbing by Germany.
While Capello acknowledges he “would have understood it” if he was subsequently sacked, he insists he is a “fighter” and is now looking forward to the next challenge.
“First of all, I say sorry to the fans that joined us in South Africa,” he said.
“I know they spent a lot of time and money following England and I’m really sorry.
“But we have to look forward now for the European qualification matches.
“It has not been good period for me. When you win, you are the best. When you lose, you are nothing.
“We have to understand this job will always be like that.”
When asked if he considered resigning, Capello replied: “The day after the Germany game, I spoke with (Club England chairman) Sir Dave Richards in South Africa.
“I told him what I think and said ‘you have to decide (on my future)’.
“I thought a lot about the situation but I’m a fighter and I’ve never quit in my career. I always look forward.
“I thought about different solutions and, after I spoke with Sir Dave, I decided to stay here.
“I want to go forward and to improve and to play the Euros because for me they will be very important.”
But Capello admitted: “I preferred to stay. But, if the FA decided to sack me. I would have understood it.”
England’s first game since the finals is Wednesday’s friendly at Wembley against Hungary and Capello acknowledges he may get some verbal abuse from the fans.
He said: “I understand the supporters. I think on Wednesday sometimes they may boo but we need the support of the fans.
“It is very important but I possibly expect them to boo on Wednesday because they had a lot of confidence in the team going into the World Cup and the results were not so good.
“I also had a lot of confidence in the team because my target was to play in the final.”
When asked if the squad had let him down, he said: “No, when we win, we win together, when we lose, we lose together. I don’t like to speak about the players.
“I think I still have confidence in this team because I think the players are good. I have confidence in these players and I hope they will have confidence in me.
“We have to play in the Euro qualifiers like we did in the World Cup qualifiers, show the same spirit.
“The first target will be to qualify. Then we can speak about what will happen in Ukraine and Poland.”
Capello added: “Can England win Euro 2012? Yes, because I think we can change something before we go to the Ukraine and Poland.
“First let’s get there. After, you will see what we can do.”
Capello’s plans to freshen up his squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers have been somewhat undermined by the international retirements of Blackburn goalkeeper, Paul Robinson, and Manchester United defender, Wes Brown. Both players were included in the squads for the Hungary friendly, but informed Capello over the weekend that they no longer wished to be considered for England.