Capello blasts unhappy campers
Published : 21 Jun 2010 19:18:35
Under-pressure Fabio Capello has admitted he may have a couple of unhappy campers at England's Rustenburg base, but warned them: "You're at the World Cup, not on holiday."
Former skipper John Terry went public with a list of grievances in his remarkable account of life with England in South Africa on Sunday.
"Probably one or two are not happy but the majority are," Capello told the BBC. "One player is not so important compared to all the others. The group is more important. For this reason it is no problem. We are here to play at the World Cup, not for a holiday."
Terry confirmed that he had to plead with Capello's trusted right-hand man Franco Baldini to be allowed a beer in the aftermath of England's dismal draw with Algeria in Cape Town on Friday.
The defender is unhappy at the way Capello has been guiding England through the tournament, feeling preparation, tactics and personnel have been wrong, whilst there has been little to alleviate the sheer boredom of spending so much time away.
Players tend to spend most afternoons with little to do, a problem Wayne Rooney hinted at last week, and after five weeks it appears patience in some quarters is at breaking point.
However, in silencing Terry on Sunday night, Capello proved he did not share the concerns and confirmed on Monday afternoon that those who do not like it will have to lump it.
Capello added: "If somebody wants to speak with me, he can speak. I always tell the players they can speak but yesterday (Sunday) nobody did.
"Joe Cole is one of 23 players who are here but, when we speak about one single player, you have to respect the other players that played before.
"That's the most important thing, the respect of the other players."