USA set to steal England's preferred World Cup training base due to Fabio Capello's indecision - Exclusive
Published 09:17 08/12/09 By Jeremy Armstrong
America could go one up on England in the World Cup... before we even kick a ball.
Our group stage rivals are poised to nick our training base at South Africa's magnificent Royal Bafokeng sports campus near Rustenburg, just 50 miles from Johannesburg.
England boss Fabio Capello loved the facilities on a visit last week.
But he was unhappy with the grass on the training pitches and wants another look in the New Year.
His indecision means the FA has failed to complete the £1million deal for the 82-room complex from June 4 to July 12 next year.
And now we are in danger of being gazumped by the Yanks, who are also said to be keen on the venue.
Bafokeng spokesman Martin Bekker told the Mirror the base - which also offers valuable altitude training at 1,500m above sea level - was a "very attractive option" to other nations in England's group, especially the USA, for whom money is no object.
Speaking in Cape Town on Friday, Capello said Bafokeng remained his No 1 choice. He said: "The facility is fantastic but the pitches are not good, they are a problem."
"They say they are going to be all right, but they need some work."