Friday 22 September 2017

‘P***ed off’ Fabio Capello says he would have done better at Euro 2012 than Roy Hodgson

FABIO Capello was "p***ed off" with the events leading to his departure as England coach and is adamant he could have taken the team further than successor Roy Hodgson at Euro 2012.

The Italian resigned from his role in February after John Terry was stripped of the national team captaincy by the Football Association while awaiting trial on allegations he racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. The Chelsea star was cleared earlier this month.

Hodgson took over and led his side through their group before a penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy in the quarter-final.

Capello was yesterday unveiled as Russia's new head coach and took the opportunity to reflect on the acrimonious end to his time in England.

He told several national newspapers: "If I were with your guys during the European Championship, it would have been even better.

"We had qualified for the finals and it was only the John Terry story that meant I couldn't go to the finals.

"On that issue with the English (FA), with my contract, it was put down on paper that the decision as to who would be captain should be made only by the coach. It was down on paper, in the contract, in black and white.

"I'd worked there for four years and after what happened, I was p***ed off and I wanted to stop.

"Every national coach works for two years towards a goal - that is the ambition of every coach - but I was not given the opportunity to fight for the Euros with England.

"When you are told this is the goal... if you are always interfered with, you don't feel well. You feel ill at ease and p***ed off. I wanted to be the main guy with the national team again and to take a team to Brazil. I wanted that again."

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