Liverpool FC fury at England and Fabio Capello over Steven Gerrard injury

18 November 2010 08:00
Steven Gerrard injury

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FABIO CAPELLO was the target of Liverpool's anger last night after England were accused of reneging on an agreement on how long to play Steven Gerrard in the 2-1 defeat against France at Wembley.

Liverpool fitness chief Darren Burgess claims there was an agreement to play Gerrard for only an hour.

As it was the Liverpool captain limped off after 84 minutes after suffering a hamstring injury and he will undergo a scan today.

It prompted Burgess, Liverpool's head of fitness and conditioning, to vent his anger on Twitter.

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Burgess said: 'Unbelievable from all associated with England and English FA with regard to Steven Gerrard's injury. Completely ignored agreement and past history.'

Capello, however, insisted he played Gerrard for longer than the hour because Gareth Barry had an ankle problem and Rio Ferdinand had picked up a muscle problem.

Capello said: 'We spoke with Steve and he said he would play one hour, but after Barry's injury we had some problems. That was the reason he stayed on the pitch. If it's possible, the players will play the time we agreed with the club. But Barry was really injured so we needed someone senior on the pitch because it was a really young team. He said he was good. We're upset about what happened to Steve, of course.'

Capello admitted Liverpool had requested Gerrard not play more than an hour.

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Source: Liverpool_Echo