Capello revels in Rooney's Euro flop
Fabio Capello has made a thinly veiled dig at Wayne Rooney's below-par form for England at Euro 2012 by joking that the striker must only understand "Scottish" because he "only plays well in Manchester".
The comment by the former England manager, made on Italian television, was itself a reference to the criticism that Capello and his Italian back-room staff believe was directed at them from Rooney this month.
Rooney had observed that it was simpler now that the players were communicating with a native, English-speaking manager.
Capello said: "After seeing the latest game (against Italy), I think Rooney only understands Scottish. That's because he only plays well in Manchester, where Alex Ferguson speaks Scottish."
"I think it helps everyone being English," said Rooney before the tournament. "There are no words lost in translation and we understand what the manager wants from us."
Meanwhile, the biggest-selling Italian sports newspaper 'Gazzetta dello Sport' has been forced to apologise for a cartoon in which it depicted Mario Balotelli as King Kong, in a crass attempt at satire involving the striker climbing Big Ben rather than the Empire State Building. The cartoon was removed from the paper's website.
The player and his family were understood to be very unhappy with the cartoon.