70,000 snap up tickets for Fabio debut


Last updated at 22:41 06 January 2008

Fabio Capello is already pulling in the crowds after the FA said yesterday 70,000 tickets have been sold for next month's friendly against Switzerland at Wembley.

When England failed to qualify

for this summer's European

Championships, the FA feared

fans would turn their backs on the national team until the

World Cup qualifiers started in

the autumn.

Fabio Capello

But Capello's appointment as

England manager has revived

interest and Soho Square

officials expect a full house on

February 6. David Beckham

possibly winning his 100th cap

as captain would further

boost interest and Capello is

expected to meet his former

Real Madrid player this week.

Capello plans to visit The

Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire

and Arsenal's London Colney

training ground — both used

regularly by England.

Beckham is training with

Arsene Wenger's squad.

Today is Capello's first official

day in the job. He is expected

to be at both Carling Cup semifinals

this week, having been

at Villa Park and Luton at the