Fabio Capello in rage over Theo Walcott's book

15 August 2011 07:59
Theo Walcott has jeopardised his England place by criticising Fabio Capello in a new book.The England manager is distinctly unimpressed with the 22-year-old Arsenal winger for trying to blame his omission from the 2010 World Cup squad on the Italian. Walcott pointed to a communication problem. 'I was confused,' he said. 'I never quite knew what was required of me.' Capello was alerted to the book, the first extract of which was serialised in The Sun newspaper yesterday, by FA officials on Sunday. Scary: Theo Walcott has lifted the lid on his relationship with Fabio Capello

He was said to be extremely disappointedbecause he hates what he sees as a breach of trust as well as a challenge to his authority.Walcott not only wrote of clashes with the England boss but also incidents involving other, more senior players. Wayne Rooney and Emile Heskey are both mentioned, with Walcott confirming it was Heskey who incurred Capello's wrath for texting on hisphone during a team meal. Making progress: Walcott was the surprise exclusion from the World Cup squad

Capello will not respond by axing Walcott from the squad. He is of the view, Sportsmail understands, that the team still has to come first and he might yet need the Arsenal star for the three remaining games of the European Championship qualifying campaign, especially given Aaron Lennon's poor injury record.But Capello will make his views clear toWalcott if he is part of the squad that meets up later this month for the Euro 2012 double-header against Bulgaria and Wales. Understandably, he does not think a largely unproven 22- year-old should be writing such a book which is called Theo, Growing Up Fast particularly about England.Forthat reason, it could count against Walcott while Capello remains in charge. Michael Owen once criticised the 65-year-old's methods and has been ignored since. The Italian would deny this is the reason but Owen'scriticism followed a game with France in March 2008 and it remains the last time he represented England for what was his 89th cap. Confidence: Walcott had a tough time with injuries last season

Walcott was a shock omission from the 23-man party that went to South Africa and Capello has since admitted that, in hindsight, he made a mistake leaving him at home. But his reasons that were reported by Sportsmail at the time and have now beenconfirmed by Walcott were legitimate.A victim of injury earlier in the season, the player's form was poor in the build-up to the tournament andafter one session at the final training camp in Austria, Capello decided he would not make the 23-man squad.

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But Walcott was not a fan of the training. 'There was something very stiff and starchy about Mr Capello'sregime before the 2010 World Cup,' he writes, before describing a session in the Alps 'that shook my confidence'. 'It was the second day and I made a run inside from my position out wide on the right. Suddenly Mr Capello started screaming at me at the top of his voice. Training stopped and everyone stared at their feet and looked embarrassed. 'Theo,' he was yelling. 'I will kill you if you come inside like that again!' Despite Mr Capello's outburst, I never quite knew what was required of me. I was confused.' But according to the other players involved, Walcott's instructions were simple. Capello wanted him to use his pace to beat the full back out wide.Walcott insists things have now changed.'He is more approachable,' he says of Capello. After this serious errorof judgment he might want to revise that view.

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