Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Carragher: FA are right to have faith in Fabio

England World Cup defender Jamie Carragher believes Fabio Capello deserves his second chance as national team manager.

The Football Association yesterday ended speculation over the Italian's future by confirming he would stay on despite England's failure in South Africa.

England struggled through their World Cup group before crashing out of the tournament at the last-16 stage with a 4-1 thrashing by Germany last weekend.

Liverpool player Carragher, who came out of international retirement for the event, said: “Obviously I wasn't involved in the qualifying stages but that went great.

“The World Cup hasn't gone as well — so maybe I'm the problem, not Capello!

“Bobby Robson went out on a high in 1990 but a few tournaments didn't go too well for him.

“That's part of the game and I am sure with the experience of this tournament, hopefully the lads will get to the next one and be a lot better for it.

“I don't think there are many managers out there with the record he has got.

“I think with that itself he certainly deserves another crack at the England job.”

Carragher admits England were poor but has rubbished suggestions that there were divisions within the camp during their time in South Africa.

The 32-year-old added: “I have not been in the squad for a while so it was new to me in terms of the

manager and different things.

“But I do think with England when things don't go well people are always looking for things.

“People are looking for different reasons why it went wrong but the bottom line is we just didn't perform well as a football team rather than anything else.”

Claims there was unrest in the squad intensified after a controversial press conference given by former captain John Terry.

Terry publicly criticised Capello and claimed some players would be holding “clear-the-air” talks with the manager.

He later apologised for his remarks and Carragher says that was the end of the matter.

“He is obviously a very passionate guy, he has been involved and been the captain,” Carragher said of his fellow defender.

“I suppose he was disappointed we hadn't done particularly well in the first two games.

“He probably said one or two things he probably regretted but once it has been said and done, I think he had a chat with the manager and it was put to bed.

“I don't think that had too much of an effect — we probably put in our best performance after that against Slovenia.

“But now that we have gone out and not done well, people will be looking at lots of things.”

Carragher admits he is puzzled as to why England consistently struggle to sparkle at major tournaments.

“I can't get my head round it,” he said. “I look at the players we have got and I believe we have still got some of the best players in the world.”

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