Capello explains how Terry call forced England exit

May 19, 2021 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Fabio Capello has revealed that he quit the England manager’s job after the FA stripped John Terry of the captaincy.

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Terry was alleged to have racially abused Anton Ferdinand during a match for Chelsea in 2012, an incident that forced the FA to take his captaincy of the national team off of him.

However, the fact that the FA made this decision was enough to make Capello walk away from his role, deeming the captaincy situation his responsibility, and not that of his bosses.


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Speaking to FourFourTwo, Capello said: “I didn’t like that the FA took John Terry’s captain’s armband away without my consent.

“From the outset, that was my responsibility, so I felt the sanction was unauthorised.”

“When the alleged racist incident occurred with Rio Ferdinand’s brother [Anton], they phoned me to let me know that the board was determined to make that decision. No one had found John guilty at that point. He was my captain, but they told me he wasn’t going to be anymore.”

“We’d qualified for Euro 2012 that summer, but then I made an appointment with the FA chairman, David Bernstein, to inform him of my resignation. Anyway, we ended up as good friends.”

Capello did not enjoy the most successful time in charge of the Three Lions, taking charge in 2007 and guiding England to the 2010 World Cup and 2012 Euro’s, resigning before the tournament.

The World Cup in South Africa was a disappointing campaign for Capello’s men, barely making it out of the group stage, before being thumped 4-1 by Germany in the second round.

Capello indicated that the team’s lack of confidence was a large contributing factor towards their lacklustre performances.

He said: “In South Africa, it was said that the players were staying in a hotel in the suburbs and that they weren’t comfortable. In Brazil, though, I think they went to Copacabana and didn’t even pass the group stage. They are all excuses and are used to justify something when things aren’t going well.

“Honestly, I think there is a lack of confidence with England. It looks like a kind of fear that usually blocks them in the relevant moments. I have the feeling that they carry the burden of responsibility knowing that the whole country is behind them, with massive expectations that haven’t been met for decades. I do hope it changes this summer, though.”