LONDON: Former England coach Fabio Capello believes it does not matter who win Sunday's quarter-final between the Three Lions and Italy because Germany will beat them in the last four.
England face the Italians in Kiev,after winning Group D and are in buoyant mood, with Roy Hodgson still unbeaten since becoming coach replacing Capello.
But Capello is predicting a Germany and Spain final while also admitting that he has mixed emotions ahead of the clash between his native country Italy and former charges.
"I have contrasting sentiments about Sunday’s game," he told the Mirror.
"I worked with England for four years and I can’t easily forget that. However, Spain and Germany will be the two finalists at Euro 2012."
Germany face Greece tomorrow (2.45am) with Spain playing France on Sunday (2.45am) and Capello went on to elaborate on the clash of styles he is expecting if the two countries do reach the final.
The potential match-up would be a repeat of the 2008 final, which the Spaniards won 1-0 thanks to a Fernando Torres goal.
"Germany have an incredible spirit and have real strength, while Spain are the side who play the best football even if they are missing something in attack – they need a player like Lionel Messi," said Capello.
"Generally speaking, I think that these two sides are superior to the rest of the teams in the competition."