Russia coach Fabio Capello has extended his contract until the 2018 World Cup in which the team will be playing at home.

“We have big plans, and I will do everything that I can to make the Russian fans happy,” Capello told the Russia Football Association website on Friday after signing the contract.

Capello’s previous deal was set to expire after this year’s World Cup in Brazil, and with the 2018 World Cup being held in Russia, he will be under pressure to maintain a strong performance.

“I am grateful to the president of the association and the sports minister for their confidence in me. I am very pleased to continue to work in Russia,” he added.

Capello has a wealth of experience as a club coach and was also in charge of England before being appointed Russia boss in July 2012.

Under his guidance, the team easily reached Brazil by finishing ahead of Portugal in qualifying.

Russia will face South Korea, Belgium and Algeria in their group at the World Cup, which starts on June 12.

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