10 Aug 2010

Capello fighting claims he's lost respect of England players

8:35 am on 10 August 2010

Fabio Capello insists he still has the support of England's football players despite the international retirements of Paul Robinson and Wes Brown less than 24 hours after they were recalled for Thursday's friendly against Hungary.

Capello had hoped his decision to select a host of new players for England's first match since the World Cup would begin the healing process after his team's woeful performances in South Africa.

But instead the Italian has come under fire again for failing to communicate with his players after Blackburn goalkeeper Robinson and Manchester United defender Brown decided to call time on their England careers as soon as Capello selected them.

It was an embarrassing double snub for Capello at a time when he is keen to move on from England's World Cup second round exit against Germany.

Ashley Cole added to the impression that Capello has lost the respect of his players when he seemed to ignore the England coach's offer of a handshake in the royal box after Monday's Community Shield, although the Chelsea defender later claimed he didn't notice the Italian.