Capello invokes Frankenstein at critics who turn him from god to monster
England v Bulgaria
(Wembley, 8.0, Live, Setanta, ITV 1)
Published 03/09/2010 | 05:00
Fabio Capello yesterday borrowed a quotation from the 1930s Boris Karloff film 'Bride of Frankenstein' to defend his England regime, when he rounded on critics who, he said, branded him a "god" one day and a "monster" the next.
Capello was in relaxed mood as he prepared his injury-hit squad for tonight's first Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria -- a game that is crucial to his future.
The Italian gave the impression of being a man who was totally at ease with the pressure. He said he had been through much the same during his second spell as manager at both Milan and Real Madrid. On both occasions he was sacked, despite winning the title at Madrid that season.
"It's my team. We lost one game in the World Cup, against Germany, after one big mistake for the referee. I don't think you don't remember this."
Capello refuted claims that his team lacked flexability at the World Cup.
"Teams play 9-1,'' he declared. "Is there a difference between 4-4-2, 4-5-1 or 9-1? That's the modern style. See Barcelona. All the players defend, all the players go forward.
"We played this style, always with players defending and Rooney coming into midfield.''
Without Peter Crouch, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand due to injury, Capello is planning to play Wayne Rooney and Jermain Defoe in attack together.
Joe Hart will play in goal shielded by Glen Johnson, Phil Jagielka, Matthew Upson and Ashley Cole.
Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry and James Milner start in midfield, with Theo Walcott likely to be unleashed down the right. (© Independent News Service)