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Papa Capello

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Do you remember the day you realized that sometimes your parents could be wrong? You grow up cursing their hardline stance on geography coursework and their inability to allow you to watch Grange Hill and their bizarre fixation with being informed whether you’re coming home from the pub or not. But beyond the adolescent frustrations you know that all their narrow-minded folly is motivated by parental concern and wisdom. Above all they are always right. It feels safer that way.

And then one day you discover that your Mum has a massive miaow miaow habit or your Dad has some pretty reactionary views on bringing back slavery and they’re actually as fallible as the rest of us.

Which is how I feel about Fabio Capello today. Since he took the England job and he spanked the team into shape I’ve never questioned his judgement. Even when he made a crippled drug cheat the England captain. Or even when launched a spurious Opta rip-off, although the timing is definitely questionable. Get back to your geography coursework Fabio.

But now he’s selected Jamie Carragher in his preliminary World Cup squad and my unswerving belief in the manager’s sense has been corroded. Carragher has apparently already had his Burton suit measured up for the valedictory photo on the steps to the plane to Rustenburg.

One of the arguments for Carragher’s inclusion is his previous World Cup experience. Which largely consists of missing a penalty and bringing a Mariah Carey-sized entourage of other Carraghers with him to Germany in 2006. After which he went into an ungodly sulk and retreated into the international shadows. No-one puts Carra on the bench it seems.

And now he’s back. Short of pace and down on form. I would love to see how he rates on the Capello Index.


Written by harrisharrison

May 11, 2010 at 8:25 pm

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  1. More precisely – taking a penalty before the referee’s whistle was blown, then missing the second attempt. So he’s even slower than he was four years ago, petulant, anti-England and doesn’t know the laws of the game. I hope he starts in one of the friendlies and is massively exposed.


    May 11, 2010 at 8:34 pm

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