Mike Rowbottom: Capello “psychologically demolished” his England players

Mike Rowbottom

England’s World Cup chances were doomed by their manager’s failure to understand or inspire his players, a state of affairs which meant that the team which took to the field had a subsconscious wish to punish him by failing to do their best.

And that ambivalence was strongest of all in the former captain, John Terry, whom Fabio Capello had stripped of his position and publicly rebuked during the group stages.

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Andrew Warshaw: Are FIFA embarrassed? They should be

Andrew Warshaw

The line of questioning thrown at FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot the morning after the night before Frank Lampard’s already imfamous “goal-that-wasn’t” included the words laughing stock and embarrassment. You can understand why.

When football’s lawmakers ditched goal-line technology once and for all just over three months ago, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said he hoped the decision did not come back to haunt the organisation at the World Cup.

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Mihir Bose: Africa has wasted golden opportunity presented by World Cup

On  Wednesday night, as England qualified to meet Germany in the round of 16,  with the USA topping England’s group and Australia doing Ghana a favour, the great and good of south African football returned to Sandton, the exclusive Johannesburg suburb which they have made their home during this World Cup, and their joy was  unconfined.

The reason for the joy was not just on footballing grounds, although these are not insignificant.

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