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Cutting It

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The manner in which Fabio Capello has dispatched the off-cuts of his squad feels a bit clinical. A bit like divorcing your wife by fax or putting down the family chinchilla from 500 yards with a sniper rifle.

Having let his team scurry off to all parts he hunted the wretched seven down through their mobile phones like a craggy-faced virus. It only took so long to announce the final party because some of the more despondent players had switched off their handsets and stuck their fingers in their ears, hoping just to pitch up at the airport protesting “I didn’t get your message, boss.”

Capello tracked Theo Walcott down on the golf course, an ambush from the bushes next to the fourth fairway. There’s a little sympathy to be had for Walcott. Not because he’d apparently already chosen chicken over beef for his inflight meal. Or that he’s playing recently as if he’s had a lobotomy. But because you’re not allowed to keep your phone switched on while out on the course. It sets the sprinklers off.

One wonders why Capello avoided the face-to-face showdown with his rejects. Perhaps he’d read about Glenn Hoddle’s misadventures whilst dropping Paul Gascoigne from the 1998 squad, which ended in a big bloody mess when Gazza cut his leg on a vase he’d just tossed against the wall.

No-one likes it when Leighton Baines throws a teapot at your head or Michael Dawson grabs desperately onto your ankle as you try to leave the room. No-one wants that.


Written by harrisharrison

June 1, 2010 at 7:27 pm

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  1. I always think of Phil Neville in 98, a devastated 21 year old sobbing after he’d been told. Much more poignant than the rage of Gazza, who was past it and only had himself to blame.


    June 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm

  2. They could easily have taken P Neville this time round. Defensive midfielder, not full-back obviously.


    June 1, 2010 at 9:11 pm

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