Marcello Lippi has warned Fabio Capello he may have to be bold and drop high-profile players if he is to transform England into a successful team.
Lippi, who guided Italy to World Cup glory in 2006, insists Capello must not be afraid to make controversial decisions.
Lippi told Sky Italia: “Capello’s most difficult task will be to make a team become a team, something which in recent years it hasn’t felt like.
“That will be the most difficult challenge.
“He will need to construct a team, the national team is not just the selection of the best players of the country. In order to make a team you may also need to drop an important player that perhaps is not on the same wavelength as the others.”
Lippi has also advised Capello to learn English as soon as possible, so he can communicate with the England players directly.
“The fact that I don’t speak English is one of the reasons why I have turned down three or four proposals in the last two years that have arrived from the English Premiership,” he said.
“I have always said that a coach must transmit to his players everything that goes through his heart and head and in order to do so, he can’t be talking and then asking the interpreter to translate, it’s impossible.”