Plucky England, fighting back from two down only to be thwarted by a deflected last-minute winner. A brave effort from Psycho's young lions. Pleasing fluency at times. The start of a bold new era for English football. ... As a response to a single game played with a youthful side under a caretaker manager, such commentary made a certain sense. But the crucial thing to remember after England's 3-2 defeat to Holland last Wednesday was context.
LONDON -- Another fine mess for the national team. "CAPELLO QUITS OVER RACE ROW AS JURY CLEARS REDKNAPP." The Daily Mail's headline on Thursday ran to nine words but they were enough to contain almost every drop of slop. England's captain demoted by the Football Association until a charge of racially aggravated public disorder -- which John Terry has always denied -- has been heard in July; England's manager resigning after publicly disagreeing with the FA's decision; the favorite to succeed Fabio Capello, the Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp, being found innocent of tax evasion a few hours earlier.
CNN's Pedro Pinto talks to Manchester United and Chelsea managers about Fabio Capello and the FA's reaction to John Terry.
The English Football Association has confirmed that England national manager Fabio Capello has resigned from his post with immediate effect.
1. Germany could be the new Spain. The average age of the Germany team that started in a 3-0 win over Holland last month, playing a fast-paced and flexible style more reminiscent of the Dutch team of the 1970s, was 24.5. By the time the game ended, it was down to 23.4. Forward Miroslav Klose is the only player over 30 in the squad and there is young talent waiting in the wings wherever you look. Two from Mesut Ozil (23), Toni Kroos (21), and Mario Goetze (19) make up the creative fulcrum that supplies a three-pronged attack with Lukas Podolski (26) and Thomas Muller (22) either side of Mario Gomez (26), whose 22 goals in 22 games this season (at time of writing) puts him in the company of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie.
Fabio Capello's record as a club manager is superb. The England national team, for around four decades, has seemed unmanageable. The derision with which Capello has been treated feels absurd; if there is a problem in the relationship, past record suggests it almost certainly lies on the side of England rather than Capello. And yet, as embarrassing and puerile as much of the criticism he has received has been, for all that he is -- like every manager before him -- being treated as a scapegoat for the squad's problems, it is becoming increasingly difficult not to raise doubts.
After England's dismal showing in the World Cup, there were the usual calls for blood. Fabio Capello clearly wasn't going to go, so after lamenting the Football Association's curious decision to remove the release clause from the coach's contract shortly before the tournament, the media focused on which players could usefully be sacrificed. It was a stance in part rooted in embarrassment at the widespread acceptance of the myth of the "Golden Generation," and in part just because the rules of the tabloid game insist somebody must be blamed.
England manager Fabio Capello will name Wayne Rooney in his line up to face Switzerland in a Euro 2012 qualifier Tuesday despite allegations about the striker's personal life.
David Beckham's glittering international career has been brought to an end after England coach Fabio Capello announced his fate in a pre-match television interview.
Under-pressure England coach Fabio Capello has dropped more than half of his World Cup squad for the first match since the team's disappointing second-round exit.
Fabio Capello has kept his job as England manager despite their disappointing showing in the World Cup in South Africa.
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa -- Monday afternoon, the inquest into England's worst defeat in World Cup history will begin in earnest.
Fabio Capello wants to stay on as England manager but has been told his future will be decided in the next two weeks.
England coach Fabio Capello has signed an amended contract that will keep him in charge of the national side until after the European Championships in 2012, the Football Association (FA) has announced.
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is the surprise omission from England coach Fabio Capello's World Cup squad but there is a place for injury-threatened Gareth Barry.
John Terry has reassured both club and country that the injury he suffered in training on Wednesday is not serious and does not jeopardize his chances of playing in the World Cup finals.
England manager Fabio Capello tells CNN's Pedro Pinto about the World Cup teams he fears the most.
Fabio Capello insists he can lead England to World Cup glory but only if he has a fit squad at his disposal come the start of the tournament in June.
English national team manager Fabio Capello tells CNN's Pedro Pinto that he demands respect from his players.
In an exclusive interview with CNN, England national coach Fabio Capello has again stressed that he demands respect from his players at all times.
On paper, a 3-1 victory against the African Cup of Nations winners, Egypt, a team sitting 17th in the FIFA world rankings, looks like a good result for England. The reality was an unconvincing performance that emphasized England's lack of depth and highlighted the absence of key individuals through injury and the poor form of some players.
England coach Fabio Capello says the continued furore over John Terry's private life will not affect his side's preparations for the World Cup finals in South Africa later this year.
England coach Fabio Capello has warned his players to behave or face the risk of missing out on a trip to the World Cup finals.
John Terry has been stripped of the England team captaincy with immediate effect following a meeting with national coach Fabio Capello.
John Terry is to leave his future as England captain to national team manager Fabio Capello as the controversy over his alleged affair with teammate Wayne Bridge's girlfriend rumbles on.
Team Limey was basking in an unfamiliar relaxed state leading up to this week's final round of World Cup qualifiers, as its beloved England team safely qualified at the beginning of September with two games to spare.
Jump on the England bandwagon too soon -- as often happens -- and you're bound to be disappointed. But the numbers are hard to argue with: eight games in World Cup qualifying, eight wins; 31 goals scored, five conceded.
England midfielder David Beckham has praised coach Fabio Capello for creating a new spirit of togetherness in the national side.
Michael Owen has failed to win an international recall with England coach Fabio Capello ignoring his claims for next Wednesday's friendly against the Netherlands.
That the new castle to which the city owes its name is now 929 years old is not Newcastle's only temporal oddity. Dominating the skyline above the medieval keep is St. James' Park -- home of Newcastle United -- a rare place where time's normally linear passage takes peculiar cyclical paths.
Lanky Peter Crouch aims to lift England to fresh heights after winning his first international start of the Fabio Capello era in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine at Wembley.
Fabio Capello's no-nonsense approach to international management is just what England needed to turn them into potential world beaters, according to midfield star Frank Lampard.
England coach Fabio Capello has confirmed that he was impressed by David Beckham's latest performance for AC Milan.
Sir Bobby Charlton, the enduring hero of World Cup glory in 1966, told me recently that he long ago despaired of England ever again winning sport's greatest prize. He was certain exactly where the blame lay, too: at the hands of a succession of mediocre managers.
Beckham-mania is about to strike in Italy. By the end of the year, the world's most hyped footballer will have teamed up with AC Milan on a three-month loan from his MLS club, the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Michael Owen heard that he could still feature in England's World Cup plans on the day Newcastle stepped up their bid to keep the striker at the Premier League club.
Theo Walcott has been ruled out of England's friendly international against Germany in Berlin on Wednesday after dislocating his right shoulder in training.
England captain John Terry remains a doubt for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan at Wembley.
John Terry has been named as England's permanent captain under new coach Fabio Capello and will lead the team in Wednesday's friendly against the Czech Republic at Wembley.
David Beckham will captain England in their friendly game against Trinidad and Tobago in the Port of Spain on Sunday.
Captain John Terry helped England produce their most impressive performance of the Fabio Capello era with the opening goal in a 2-0 friendly win against the United States at Wembley.
England coach Fabio Capello gave Chelsea defender John Terry a welcome boost by naming him as captain for the friendly international against the USA at Wembley on Wednesday.
David Beckham was named in England's squad for friendly games against the United States and Trinidad and Tobago as coach Fabio Capello keeps faith with the veteran Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder.
Real Madrid's 4-1 humiliation of bitter rivals Barcelona in 'El Clasico' was really just the icing on the cake for Bernd Schuster's side this season -- a season where domestic dominance has increased yet a return to the top of the European tree appears to be as far away as ever.
David Beckham was named in England's starting line-up for their friendly against France on Wednesday night to guarantee that he will win his 100th international cap.
West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green has replaced the injured Chris Kirkland as England manager Fabio Capello was forced into a late change to his 23-man squad for next week's friendly international away to France.
If you are not careful when discussing England's crushing failure to qualify for Euro 2008, and the subsequent appointment of Fabio Capello as the national-team manager, you can appear to morph from cosmopolitan man of the world to foaming xenophobe. To demonstrate that you have nothing against foreign players or managers, it has to be picked through, step by step.
Welcome to the Fabio Capello era. England's players got their first taste of the new headmaster's regime leading up to Wednesday's friendly with Switzerland in a situation reminiscent of the opening half of Full Metal Jacket.
Fabio Capello has signaled that a fit David Beckham will be very much part of his plans after omitting the midfielder from the 2-1 victory over Switzerland in his first match in charge.
Fabio Capello launched his England managerial reign with a Wembley win as his new 'hard-line' approach was rewarded with a 2-1 victory over Euro 2008 co-hosts Switzerland.
England manager Fabio Capello has appointed Steven Gerrard as captain for the friendly international against Switzerland at Wembley on Wednesday.
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is backing new coach Fabio Capello to turn England from nearly men into winners.
David Beckham is determined to win his place back in the England team after being left out of Fabio Capello's first squad for the friendly against Switzerland next week.
New England coach Fabio Capello has omitted David Beckham from his first squad in charge for next Wednesday's friendly international against Switzerland at Wembley.
England's new national coach Fabio Capello has told the Football Association that his tax payments are in order, after reports from Italy that his financial affairs are being scrutinized as part of a widespread investigation by the authorities.
Fabio Capello's first competitive match as England coach will be away to Andorra in September after the dates were agreed for their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign on Monday.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has criticized the English FA for appointing another foreign coach to run the national team -- on the day Italian Fabio Capello officially took charge.
David Beckham is desperate to win his 100th cap for England under new coach Fabio Capello, the Los Angeles Galaxy star revealed at a special evening in his honor in London on Sunday night.
England coach Fabio Capello watched Wayne Rooney inspire Manchester United's 2-0 FA Cup victory and was delighted that his first day in his new job coincided with the striker's best performance for weeks.
Earlier this month, many Englishmen believe a savior arrived. And the savior was shepherded into a $1.5 billion stadium in the land of Wembley by three kingmakers from the Football Association. And later the kingmakers announced that a star had come to us from the south and swaddled only in his trademark multi-colored ZeroRH+ glasses and an expensive designer suit. Then we were told that Fabio Capello would be the next England manager.
Fabio Capello is out to prove that the post of England national-team manager is not the impossible job so many people claim it to be.
England formally introduced Fabio Capello as new head coach. CNN's Pedro Pinto reports.
England's new national coach Fabio Capello was presented as a "winner with a capital W" when the Football Association introduced him at a media conference in London on Monday.
New England manager Fabio Capello will be looking to go out on a high after insisting his new role would be the last of his illustrious career.
World Soccer Magazine's Keir Radnedge discusses the impending appointment of Fabio Capello as England's new manager.
The Football Association have confirmed that Italian Fabio Capello will succeed Steve McClaren as the new England national coach.
Fabio Capello appears on the brink of being named England's new coach after "extremely positive" talks with Football Association hierarchy in London on Wednesday.
Fabio Capello has been installed as the new favorite to succeed Steve McClaren as England manager.
Fabio Capello, sacked as coach of Real Madrid despite guiding them to the Spanish league title, has said that he felt let down by both club president Ramon Calderon and sporting director Predrag Mijatovic.
Of all Real Madrid's 30 Spanish titles, the one they clinched last weekend was perhaps the most hard-fought and the most savored.
Spanish football fans dismayed by their country's failure to produce a single Champions League semifinalist for the second time in three years do at least have the distraction of an enthralling battle for the Liga title to look forward to.
Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello said on Sunday that neither he nor the club would consent to releasing David Beckham early so that he could join his new American club Los Angeles Galaxy.
Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello is facing an uncertain future after his side's elimination from the Champions League by Bayern Munich.
Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello hopes that England manager Steve McClaren will follow his example and recall David Beckham to his squad.
David Beckham scored with a stunning free kick as he returned to Real Madrid's starting line-up in a 2-1 Primera Liga victory at Real Sociedad on Saturday.
When Real Madrid hired Fabio Capello last summer, it was looking for a "sure thing" -- a big-name coach who would cut through the B.S., tame the Galácticos (or what was left of them) and deliver some kind of silverware. Any kind.
David Beckham will not play again for Real Madrid after agreeing a move to the Los Angeles Galaxy, Real coach Fabio Capello has revealed.
Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello has said he is not about to throw in the towel after the side's recent loss of form.
Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon met coach Fabio Capello and sporting director Pedja Mijatovic for urgent talks on Monday after the team's second straight defeat in the Spanish league.
Ronaldo's stop-start season is on hold again after the Brazil striker strained the lateral ligament in his left knee during Real Madrid's 5-1 King's Cup victory over Ecija on Thursday night.
New-look Real Madrid started the season disappointingly when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Villarreal at the Bernabeu on Sunday.
Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello has warned Danish midfielder Thomas Gravesen about his behavior after Tuesday's bust-up with team-mate Robinho in training.
Veteran Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos has decided he wants to stay at Spanish giants Real Madrid after talking to new coach Fabio Capello, according to a newspaper report.
Real Madrid are targeting another three signings following the arrival of Juventus pair Emerson and Fabio Cannavaro, coach Fabio Capello has said.
Fabio Capello is to take charge at Real Madrid for the second time, the Spanish giants revealed on their Web site on Wednesday.
Fabio Capello has resigned as Juventus coach, the crisis-ridden Serie A champions have announced.
Italian champions Juventus, immersed in match-fixing allegations, have named coach Fabio Capello as their new general manager, with responsibility for transfer policy.
Italian champions Juventus are hoping that the return of Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved can inspire a comeback victory over Arsenal in Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal return.
Juventus coach Fabio Capello, who said recently he intends to stay with the Italian club for the coming season, has admitted his dream is to coach England.
Roy Makaay scored twice as Bayern Munich beat Rapid Vienna 4-0 in Champions League Group A and book their place in the last 16 on Tuesday.
Juventus cruised to a 3-0 win over Rapid Vienna in Champions League Group A on Tuesday to make it two wins out of two for the Italian champions.
French international striker Djibril Cisse could return to the Liverpool team during their Champions League quarterfinal against Juventus in Turin, even though he may be less than 70 percent fit.
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