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Fabio Capello: I Would Have Done Better With England At Euro 2012

Italian claims it would have been ‘even better’ if he’d stayed in charge.

Former England coach Fabio Capello has claimed England would have done better at Euro 2012 if he had still been in charge.

The Three Lions topped a tricky group under new boss Roy Hodgson but were comfortably out-played in their quarter-final clash with Italy, eventually losing on penalties.

Capello stepped down as England coach two months before the Finals after the FA removed John Terry as captain.

The Italian, who guided England to the second round at World Cup 2010, where they were thrashed by Germany, has suggested he could have taken England further in Poland and Ukraine.

“If I were with your guys it would’ve been even better,” Capello told the BBC.

“I’d worked there for four years and after what happened I wanted to stop.”

Terry lost the captaincy after being accused of racially abusing fellow professional Anton Ferdinand – a charge he was cleared of earlier this month.

And the Iron Sergeant, now coach of Russia, claims the FA broke the terms of his contract when they made the decision to remove Terry.

“We had qualified for the finals and it was only the John Terry story that meant I couldn’t go to the finals,” said 66-year-old Capello, who presided over 42 matches as England boss, winning 28, losing six and drawing eight.

“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.

“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. 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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