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Italy’s secret to beating England at World Cup? Sex!

Coach has no problem with pre-match entertainment, just don't tell Fabio Capello...

He may be Italian, but former England coach Fabio Capello would most certainly not approve.

Capello famously slapped what amounted to a ‘sex ban’ on the England players at the 2010 World Cup, fearing that too many nights of passion with their wives and girlfriends would leave the team too exhausted to take on the might of Algeria and Slovenia.

It was a far cry from the lusty days of Sven Goran Eriksson at the 2006 tournament, so you can only imagine what Capello makes of the announcement of his countryman, coach of the Italy national side Cesare Prandelli.

Prandelli will allow his players all the pre-match ‘entertainment’ they require with their other halves, saying that it cuts down tension before the crucial clashes at next summer’s tournament in Brazil.

“It is a tradition of Italian football to give freedom to sportsmen. Let’s make it clear: sexual intercourse does not hamper a footballer”, said Arsenio Veicsteinas, the president of the Scientific-Cultural committee of the Medical Sports Association of Italy.

England, of course, have been drawn to face Italy in the opening match of Group D in Brazil – and it has already been dubbed the Group of Death.

Roy Hodgson’s team open their campaign in Manaus, set in the Amazonian rainforest where temperatures are expected to exceed 30 degrees, on June 15, at 2am British time.

After that early test, the Three Lions also face Uruguay and Costa Rica.

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