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Fabio Capello has whipped England into shape since taking over as manager. ((Phil Cole/Getty Images))

England coach Fabio Capello will undergo knee replacement surgery to cure lingering injury problems from his playing career.

The operation, which is scheduled for this week, was delayed until after qualification for the World Cup had been secured and when England did not have a match, the Football Association said Tuesday.

"Fabio has suffered with problems to his knee for a long time due to injuries sustained during his playing career, and has been left with no option but to have replacement surgery," FA director of communications Adrian Bevington said.

The former Juventus and AC Milan player is planning to be fit to attend the Feb. 7 draw in Warsaw for the 2012 European Championship qualifying groups.

England's next match is a friendly against Egypt at Wembley Stadium on March 3.

While the 63-year-old Capello is recovering, the Italian's general manager, Franco Baldini, will be in Angola this month for the African Cup of Nations to monitor the World Cup finalists from the continent.