London, Aug 29 : England manager Fabio Capello is not convinced about the fitness of Rio Ferdinand and has left out the Manchester United defender from the squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales.
Rio was on the Manchester United bench against Arsenal Sunday after recovering from a hamstring problem, but Capello chose to give the defender a glimpse into the future by handing new United star Phil Jones his first international call-up.
Coach Fabio Capello, distancing himself from England's debacle in South Africa, is insisting that he cannot be blamed for the team's dismal performance and feels that his last two years with the Three Lions has been a waste.
Capello said, "It does feel like the last two years have been a waste of time. I don't know why or how the players have arrived at this point. The training is very good so I can't understand the way during the game that they don't transfer their training form on to the pitch - they can't seem to change speed.
A ban has been slapped by England boss Fabio Capello on players' wives and girlfriends setting up a base near their World Cup training camp.
According to the Sun reports, the hard line coach declared glitzy Sun City, which WAGS decided to make their base during the World Cup, strictly off limits. This place is 14 miles from Rustenberg, where the team will train. Hotels in the resort city had already been taking bookings from them.
London, Feb. 7 : England coach Fabio Capello expressed concern over John Terry’s personal life and asked him to “get help” when he was fired as the three lions’ skipper.
News of the World quoted sources, as saying that Terry, who came under fire after his affair with team-mate Wayne Bridge''s ex-girlfriend became public, is refusing to come to terms with the fact he is responsible for one of the biggest scandals in the history of the national team.
Capello, who has been appalled by his behaviour in recent months, urged the disgraced skipper to seek professional guidance when they met on Friday, they added.
London, Jan 5 : England manager Fabio Capello will undergo knee replacement surgery this week, according to a report in The Sun.
He will undergo the procedure in Italy, and is likely to be on crutches for six weeks, but hopes to be back watching games next month.
Capello suffered a knee injury during his playing career, and it is understood that the operation is intended to increase flexibility and reduce the pain suffered by the 63-year-old.
England's next game is a friendly against Egypt March 3. Capello is said to have chosen this point for the surgery to give him time to rehabilitate during a gap in the calendar.(DPA)
England striker Michael Owen hit a Champions League hat-trick on Tuesday to give national coach Fabio Capello a timely reminder of his talent as Manchester United finished top of their group.
Owen, who turns 30 on December 14, demonstrated his finishing class with a well-taken hat-trick to seal United's 3-1 victory at Wolfsburg to dump the Germans out of the Champions League and boost his World Cup chances.
It was Owen's first Champions League hat-trick since joining Manchester United last summer.
After his first-half header, Owen slid home his second on 83 minutes before producing a superb effort in extra-time to claim his third.
London, Nov. 16 : Making his intentions of putting the fittest foot forward during the Word Cup, England coach Fabio Capello has revealed that regular No 1 goalkeeper, David James, would not be included in the squad if he fails to overcome his knee problem.
"He has to be fit to be selected. We spoke with him and he needs more time to be really fit. Every time he plays he cannot train for two days after a game. We thought it would be best for him to stay home and train rather than come to Qatar. If he is fit, he will be with us. Probably," The Guardian quoted Capello, as saying.
Doha, Nov 15: England manager Fabio Capello has insisted that the team has to learn from their mistakes if they have to dream of winning the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
England were given a tough time by Brazil at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, where they were defeated 0-1 thanks to a header from Nilmar at the start of the second half.
Doha, Nov 14 : England manager Fabio Capello has blocked plans for a lavish party before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, saying he doesn’t believe there is anything to celebrate.
The proposed idea of organizing a gala bash ahead of the flight to South Africa next June was instantly rejected by Capello as something that could not be part of the pre-World Cup agenda for his squad, The Mirror reports.
Doha, Nov 14 : England manager Fabio Capello has said that striker Wayne Rooney will lead the team against Brazil on Saturday if regular captain John Terry does not recover from an ankle injury.
“Rooney will be ready to be a captain, why not? When you choose some players to be captain, you have to be a leader in the dressing room or a leader on the pitch. Rooney is always a leader on the pitch but he''s young so maybe less in the dressing room. But he can be good there,” The Sun quoted Capello, as saying.
London, Nov 12 : England boss Fabio Capello has revealed how he has fallen in love with the people, food and culture of his new life in London.
The Three Lions coach enjoys doing the grocery shopping near his Chelsea home and does not mind spending hours on Britain’s notoriously bad roads.
The 63-year-old Italian has been wowed by the warm welcome he has received on his travels up and down the country, not to mention the traditional British grub.
Rome - Coach Fabio Capello has criticized Italian football for being unable to control hooligans who influence the games with their violent behaviour, Italian media reported Monday.
"Here the ultras are in control and do what they want," Capello said at a conference held at the headquarters of the Italian football federation (Italian football federation
"At the stadium you can insult anyone and everything. I'm sorry about that."
Capello won five titles in Italy, two with Real Madrid, and is now in charge of England.
London, Oct 24 : England manager Fabio Capello has warned his players to stick to rules and show respect or forget about the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The no-nonsense Italian boss is cracking down on discipline as he prepares the squad for South Africa. And, he has hinted that any player who breaks his notoriously strict rules on behaviour, will have no chance of making the final 23-man squad.
The players have already felt the full force of Capello’s fury when one dared to step out of line.
London, Oct. 18 : A furious coach Fabio Capello stunned his England stars when he hurled a metal food tray against a hotel wall after spotting one player texting on his mobile phone during a meal while the team was in Ukraine.
The Italian was so angry at the breach of one of his strictest rules, he picked up a metal serving platter and launched it at a wall, The News of The World reports.
London, Oct 16 : With the 2010 World Cup in South Africa barely eight months away, England manager Fabio Capello has said that he has already decided upon 16 of the 23 players who will represent the national squad.
According to reports, after the Three Lions ended their qualifying campaign with a 3-0 win over Belarus, Capello named the players and raised a toast in the Wembley dressing room.
London, Oct. 15 : A bewildered England coach Fabio Capello said that the naming of sub David Beckham as England''s Man of the Match against Belarus despite playing for just 31 minutes had left him completely flummoxed.
"Yes, I was surprised by that one. I just thought it was like Barack Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize after eight months as USA President," The Sun quoted Capello, as saying.
London, Oct. 11 : England football team coach Fabio Capello angrily confronted Slovenian referee Damir Skomina on the way into the tunnel after the game against Ukraine was stopped three times as fans threw a barrage of flares on to the pitch.
Capello complained bitterly about Skomina’s controversial display that saw the dramatic sending off of Rob Green after just 14 minutes of play. Green was the first England keeper ever to be dismissed during a match.
London, Oct 10: England coach Fabio Capello has said that a winter break ahead of their 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa would help his players.
England’s astounding 5-1 win over Croatia last month has already secured their place in the finals of the 2010 World Cup, and now there are not many international games left for the side.
“It would be good for the players,” The Sun quoted Capello, as saying.
“I know that when I was manager of Real Madrid, when we played against the German sides in the Champions League after a month''s holiday, everyone was fresh,” he added.
London, September 26 : England''s Wags are raising their voices against their ban from next year’s World Cup.
Coach Fabio Capello said Cheryl Cole, Victoria Beckham, Alex Curran and the others would meet their husbands and beaus just once in a week when in South Africa.
But the sportsmen’s love interests are fighting back, alleging their regular presence is important to success on the field.
London, Sep 25 : England under-21 manager Stuart Pearce, has revealed that England manager Fabio Capello’s strict ‘two strikes and you’re out’ philosophy is apt to stop superstar youngsters from becoming a pain and to treat everyone as equals in the camp.
Pearce, who is also part of Capello’s senior backroom staff, emphasized that the millionaire stars would no more be favoured, and only performance will matter under Capello’s leadership.
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