Shearer has dig at Capello
The former England forward, turned pundit, Alan Shearer has criticised the Three Lions coach Fabio Capello - claiming the national team has not progressed under his guidance. The Italian coach replaced Steve McClaren following England's failure to qualify for the 2008 European Championship. Capello guided England to this summer's World Cup finals with a 100 per cent record in qualifying, but performances in South Africa were disappointing. That has been followed with mixed performances as Capello has tried out new players, including debuts for the forwards Andy Carroll and Jay Bothroyd in the midweek loss to France. "Fabio has been here two and a half years now and I'm not sure we've gone forward in that time. If you look at before we went into the World Cup our qualifying campaign was a huge success but it seems that we have gone slightly backwards from that," said Shearer, whose only experience in management was in charge of Newcastle United as they were relegated from the Premier League. "If every England player was fit I'm not sure he would actually know what system he wanted to play or what team he wanted to play. The problem lies with the kids coming through. How are they taught? What are they taught? "That is where you have to start from and it will take a long time. Unfortunately in this country we don't have patience. We always put so much pressure on our players that we go into every tournament wanting and expecting to win the tournament. Is that fair? I'm not sure it is."
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