Brian GlanvilleWhither England? Whither Capello? Perhaps at an enormous salary to Dagestan, where the billionaire owner would like him to extend his career.

I cannot believe England would miss him and having known him for many years and admired his undoubted intelligence, I am as surprised as many of my colleagues that his English is still so pitifully poor; where the likes of Roberto Mancini and the doomed Carlo Ancelotti have fared so much better.

With Montenegro seeming to fade away after that unexpected defeat in Wales – promptly and somewhat irrationally sacking their manager – with the indispensable “general” Jack Wilshere and Steve Gerrard due eventually to come back, England would probably make a decent quarter finalish show of things in the ensuing European finals.

Yet Capello’s selection and tactics still tend to bewilder. Using Wayne Rooney alone up front worked well enough in Sofia but didn’t work at all at Wembley against Wales where he was close marked, ill supported and subdued.

And Capello could thank his lucky stars both that Wales were unable to deploy the exuberant talents of Craig Bellamy, so shabbily treated by Roberto Mancini at Manchester City – who will clearly go on buying their way to success till hell freezes, with an embarrassment of riches in every sense, which even Chelsea cannot rival was suspended.

Also that Gary Speed the Welsh manager for reasons that reason takes no account of, inexplicably kept the dynamic and elusive Gareth Bale out on the right throughout, when the surely obvious stratagem would have been to have run him on the left against a Chris Smalling still inexperienced as a right back, not least at international level.

Even so only Robert Earnshaw’s ghastly four-yard blunder prevented Wales from snatching a draw. I was especially sorry about his miss, as I have long been one of his admirers, ever since I saw him make a remarkable debut in Cardiff against Germany, showing the so called Big Match Temperament in spades, running rings around a ponderous German defence, and scoring very properly, the only goal of the game.

  • Mark Rojinsky

    Why doesn’t the England squad wear a subtle European strip such as Le Coq Sportif or Adidas? Those brands represent attainable success, speed and a cutting edge. England have not performed with flair since Joe Mercer’s compelling interregnum period in 1973-1974 when such flamboyant stars as Frank Worthington, Alan Hudson and Tony Curry had their way.

  • Rick

    I don’t think you should have a go at Capello’s English and then write paragraph 5, to be fair.

    Starting a sentence with ‘And’, and more clauses than a gagging order on Santa is not the way to go.

  • Gallo

    Fabio has failed to embrace the english culture & his grasp of the language is poor. Should be doing ALOT better. Even tho England are NO world beaters with or without Fabio in charge.

  • Bob Stack

    ‘General Jack Wilshere’ Arsenal Fans huh!