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Fabio Capello berates John Terry for 'very big mistake'

I don't understand why he didn't speak with me, says Capello
• 'There is no revolution, it's about one player'


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Fabio Capello has publicly slapped down his former captain John Terry, saying the Chelsea defender made "a very big mistake" in challenging his authority to the media.

In an interview with ITV, the England coach expressed his dismay that Terry had gone public with his dissatisfaction at the England set-up, saying: "I read yesterday John Terry said this and I don't understand why he didn't speak with me. When you speak, you have to speak privately. This is a very big mistake. The mistake is you have to speak with me, the players and the dressing room."

Capello poo-pooed talk of a rebellion – "there is no revolution; it's about the mistake of one player, no more" – while insisting that his door is always open to any player who wanted to take up concerns with him. "I spoke with some of the players and only John Terry said this. My door is open always. If you want to speak to me, you can."

However, he did hold out hope for Terry of retaining his place in the England set-up after the World Cup by offering him the chance to make amends against Slovenia on Wednesday. "I hope out of the big mistake can come a big performance," he said.

Capello admitted he may have a couple of unhappy members at England's Rustenburg base, but warned them: "You're at the World Cup, not on holiday."

Terry revealed he was unhappy at the way Capello has been guiding England through the tournament, feeling preparation, tactics and personnel have been wrong, while there has been little to alleviate the boredom.

However, in silencing Terry, Capello proved he did not share the concerns and confirmed this afternoon that those who do not like it will have to lump it.

"Probably one or two are not happy but the majority are," Capello told the BBC. "One player is not so important compared to all the others. The group is more important. For this reason, it is no problem. We are here to play at the World Cup, not for a holiday."

Terry's thinly veiled attempt to press the claims of Joe Cole for a starting berth in Wednesday's do-or-die clash with Slovenia in Port Elizabeth were also dismissed, with Capello claiming Terry was not treating the other members of his squad with respect.

"If somebody wants to speak with me, he can speak. I always tell the players they can speak but yesterday nobody did," Capello said. "Joe Cole is one of 23 players who are here but, when we speak about one single player, you have to respect the other players that played before. That's the most important thing, the respect of the other players."

Terry cannot be used to being slapped down in quite such a brutal manner. After frequently referring to his experiences at Chelsea yesterday, he has suddenly found he does not have the same power, either with the captaincy or without, with England.

With Jamie Carragher suspended and Ledley King injured, Terry will anchor a defence in which he will be partnered by Matthew Upson. The West Ham defender started four qualifiers and also scored in the impressive friendly win over Germany in Berlin in November 2008.

Although Capello also has the uncapped Michael Dawson available, he will turn to Upson. "Upson will play because he played always with John Terry [for England]," Capello said.

Another of Terry's major bones of contention was Capello's post-match assertion that England were struggling because they were fearful of the pressure. It had Terry bristling with indignation.

However, 48 hours before a match he admits is one of the most important of his career, Capello is sticking to his guns. "It is a mental thing. When you are under pressure, big pressure, sometimes the legs do not work normally," he said. "It happened to me as a player but I think on Wednesday the team will be fit.

"After this game we have no more chances. We have to win," Capello said. "The results have not been good but I haven't seen the right spirit on the pitch for 90 minutes, only for five or six minutes. I hope in the next game the spirit I saw in qualification will return."

www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jun/21/world-cup-2010-fabio-capello-john-terry

I guess most newspapers were right when they said Terry was trying to oust Capello which he also believes..lets not pretend he was just being honest because he certainly is many things but not honest...I knew he wouldn't just allow the fact he was stripped of the capintacy be ignored..ok someone can try and defend him now :)
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