Capello explains England's problem

Fabio Capello claims England have failed to challenge for major trophies because the players are exhausted.

Last Updated: 30/07/13 at 14:55 Post Comment

Fabio Capello: Now the Russia manager

Fabio Capello: Now the Russia manager

Fabio Capello claims England have failed to challenge for major trophies because the players are exhausted.

The former England manager said the lack of a mid-season break in the Premier meant the English players were tired by comparison with their rivals in other leagues.

Asked why England had struggled to challenge for honours, Capello said in an interview on fifa.com: "Because they're tired [going into tournaments].

"They're the least fresh of any of the competing national sides, because their league doesn't have a break.

"It's like when you're driving a car: if you stop halfway to put fuel in then you'll definitely get where you want to go, but if you don't then there's always the chance you'll be running on empty before you reach your goal.

"In my opinion the football played in the first half of the English season is much better than in the second half. And because of that, if you want to be a competitive team in the Premier League, you need a really big squad, which is a luxury you don't get with the national team."

Capello, who is now coach of the Russia national side, insisted his time with England had gone well.

He added: "I think it went very well, but it could have gone even better. The way we went out [of South Africa 2010] against Germany still hurts. That aside, I feel satisfied.

"I arrived after the team had missed out on qualifying for Euro 2008, but under me we easily made it through two qualifying campaigns. My win record was very good and I also gave loads of young players a chance, such as Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, James Milner and Joe Hart. Theo Walcott had already played a game for England but he established himself under me. I feel I left a good legacy."

Earlier this week, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said his organisation was not to blame for England's failings.

England boss Roy Hodgson was furious with the Premier League when he discovered big matches are scheduled the weekend before England play vital World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, which take place at the beginning of September.

But Scudamore said: "We have not won the World Cup since 1966. The Premier League didn't start until 1992. What happened between 1966 and 1992? Whose fault was that?"

"It seems to me that if England don't win something it is someone else's fault.

"Let's run the reverse argument. Where does that leave the people at the FA in terms of their accountability?

"It frustrates me enormously because it is so palpably not true. It cannot be our fault on any level."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Eden Hazard is open to another 10 years at Chelsea

Eden Hazard wants to stay at Chelsea for years and join football's elite by leading the club to Champions League glory.

Rafael Benitez '99 per cent' certain to be next Real Madrid boss

Rafael Benitez is '99 per cent' certain to be Real Madrid boss, says Carlo Ancelotti's representative Ernesto Bronzetti.

Manuel Pellegrini confident Man City will be stronger next season

Manuel Pellegrini is confident Manchester City will regain the Premier League title next season.

Mail Box

Who Is The Most Complete Striker Ever..?

...the answer is the original Ronaldo, Gerd Muller, Cristiano or Alan Shearer, depending on who you talk to. We also have one signing per Premier League (and promoted team)...

Reviewing Every PL Side's Season...

Time to half-heartedly agree or furiously reject some ratings. The mails also discuss the most complete striker ever in football, as well as Rodgers, Falcao and Bill O'Herilhy.

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company