Capello's tactics don't work for England, it's just a shame he still does: Derek McGovern's Bets of the Day - Monday, June 21
Now is not the time to point the finger of blame at Fabio Capello for wrecking our World Cup bid – but Wednesday at about 5pm will be.
The best thing the FA have done in the last year is to get rid of the Capello Index. Now they have to get rid of Capello.
On Saturday morning the nation woke up with a sick feeling in the stomach, pretty much like every Saturday morning.
It wasn’t so much the feeling you get when you wake to find a dead mouse in the mousetrap – more the feeling you get when you wake to find a not-quite-dead mouse there. In a bedroom that’s not quite yours.
Capello and his Mickey Mouse tactics were responsible.
For his 23-man World Cup squad he picked Ledley King and Rio Ferdinand, largely unfit last season. He picked Shaun Wright-Phillips and Emile Heskey, largely unused last season. And he picked Peter Crouch and Frank Lampard, largely large last season.
He then shoe-horned them all into a formation that’s made England a laughing stock – all for £6million a year.
His tactics don’t work for England. That’s a great shame. The greater shame is that he still does.
His iron-fist regime doesn’t wash with players who preferred Sven’s kid-gloves. Under Sven there was always someone to talk to. Under Sven there was always someone to listen. Under Sven there was always someone.
Hills have slashed odds for Capello to leave before the World Cup ends from 10-3 to 2-1 (7-2 with Sky Bet) following rumours there is no harmony in the camp. Glen Johnson is furious – how is he to keep his hair in place without it?
With the nightmare against Algeria sadly still fresh in the memory, maybe it would be a good compromise for Capello to lead the side most of the week, with Chris Evans taking over on Fridays.
Roy Hodgson is 3-1 favourite to replace Capello.
In the wake of the John Terry-led attempted mutiny, Ladbrokes offer 8-1 for an England squad member to be sent home from South Africa.
The one big World Cup consolation for England is that they’re not France.
The French are in such disarray that hosts South Africa have been told to shoot on sight against them today. On Sunday, France refused to train. Against Mexico last Thursday they refused to play.
Patrice Evra’s row with the French fitness coach was a bust-up waiting to happen because fitness coaches are incredibly annoying people. My last one kept telling me every morning that it was “20 up then 20 down”. Then he made me do the other eyelid.
Apparently the unrest in the French camp is down to one man – bullied midfielder Yoann Gourcuff. When chief tormentor Franck Ribery arranged a night out at a ‘gentleman’s club’ for the French players, Gourcuff opted to stay at home. Ribery allegedly confronted him and said: “Does your mother not allow you to go, you homosexual slut?”
A reasonable question, reasonably delivered. France are 100-1 with Hills not to fulfil today’s fixture.
Paraguay fan Andy Murray’s only tournament on grass this season was ended by Mardy Fish – it’s his own fault for eating it past the sell-by date.
Murray has taken the England approach this year – he has not got past the quarter-final since January.
If he doesn’t reach the Wimbledon quarter-final he will have only himself to blame – well, himself, the vuvuzelas, maybe the two former Miss Scotlands in his box, the pressure, the lack of investment in British tennis, and possibly a stubbed toe.
Hills are betting who will be knocked out first – Murray or England – and I would advise you to have a slice of England at 5-4.
If they get out of Group C, their last-16 match will be on Saturday, third-round day for Murray.