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Fabio Capello: My life and times as England manager

Published 06/02/2012 | 10:46

THE life and times of Fabio Capello ... since he got the England job

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February 6, 2008 - Capello's first game in charge ends in a 2-1 win over Switzerland. HIGH.

September 10, 2008 - Theo Walcott score a hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Croatia in Zagreb. HIGH.

September 9, 2009 - England secure their place at the World Cup with a 5-1 win over Croatia at Wembley. HIGH.

February 5, 2010 - Capello strips John Terry of the captain's armband following allegations of misconduct in the Chelsea defender's private life. The hard-line stance is welcomed in some quarters. HIGH.

May 10, 2010 - Capello puts his name to a new player rating system, with scores due to be posted online within two hours of World Cup matches ending. LOW.

May 11, 2010 - The Capello Index project is shelved. Capello announces his 30-man provisional World Cup squad, which includes Jamie Carragher and Ledley King, who did not feature in qualifying. An attempt to persuade Paul Scholes to come out of retirement fails. LOW.

June 2, 2010 - Capello signs a new contract, removing the break clause that comes into effect after the World Cup. HIGH.

June 12, 2010 - King is injured within minutes during the first game against United States and does not play again in World Cup. Robert Green's howler costs England victory. LOW.

June 18, 2010 - England booed off after goalless draw against Algeria and Wayne Rooney responds by shouting an obscenity at a nearby TV camera. LOW.

June 20, 2010 - Terry launches a staggering attack on team spirit during a routine press conference but subsequently backs down. LOW.

June 27, 2010 - Frank Lampard's equaliser is disallowed after England rally from 2-0 down before losing 4-1 to Germany in the last 16. LOW.

July 2, 2010 - FA confirm Capello will see out the remainder of his contract. HIGH.

March 15, 2011 - Capello reinstates Terry as captain, claiming the Chelsea man is "still a good player and captain". The decision aggrieves previous skipper Rio Ferdinand and Capello is heavily criticised. LOW

October 7, 2011 - Needing only a point to qualify for Euro 2012, England race into a 2-0 lead against Montenegro in Podgorica, only to be pegged back. Rooney is also sent off for kicking an opponent. LOW

October 13, 2011 - Rooney receives a three-match ban from UEFA, ruling him out of England's group matches. LOW

November 5, 2011 - Capello insists that he will continue to pick Terry despite him being investigated by the FA and Metropolitan police for allegations of racism towards QPR's Anton Ferdinand. LOW

November 12, 2011 - England defeat world and European champions Spain 1-0 and then beat Sweden 1-0 to finish 2011 unbeaten. HIGH

December 8, 2011 - Rooney's ban is reduced to two games, meaning he can play the last group game against Ukraine. HIGH

February 2, 2012 - After Terry's trial date for racism allegations is set after Euro 2012, Capello is under pressure to remove Terry from future England squads. LOW

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