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Capello Ignorant Of City Players Schedules

Capello Ignorant Of City Players Schedules

Conspiracy alert. Erratic England manager Fabio Capello fielded four Manchester City players against Ghana yet chose to rest Rooney, Terry, Dawson, Cole and Lampard...

The decision to send home the five England regulars was based upon the premise that:

'I decided the five players to let go because they had just played four games in ten days.'

Well on face value, that's alright then. But hang on a minute. City are about to play their 50th game of the season's campaign against Sunderland who to further emphasise the point have played 17 games less than The Blues this season. Furthermore, City's squad just came through 13 fixtures in a 46 day period.

Dig deeper and lest we forget, Wayne Rooney embarked upon a lengthy head straightening disguised as an injury related absence earlier in the season. Frank Lampard himself has only played 23 fixtures this season including run outs for England.

In a fortnight when Micah Richards suffered a wholly unnecessarily risked injury for England Under 21's, James Milner, Joe Hart and Gareth Barry playing the full 90 minutes against Ghana alongside a full second half Joleon Lescott appearance cannot at all be viewed as ideal, particularly when you consider that both Barry and Roberto Mancini have bemoaned the intensity of City's fixture list in recent weeks.

There's a long held belief that the Football Association favour the erstwhile 'Big Four' whenever they can. By the looks of who took to the field in the friendly last night, it also appears that Tottenham, newly established in last season's top four also came in for preferential treatment alongside Chelsea and United.

All eyes on a reaction from Mancio because if Sir Alex Ferguson was in his shoes this week, he would be going ballistic.


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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Wednesday March 30 2011
Time: 8:10AM


Or maybe it's because all of those players are in the Champions League next week? Wouldn't have taken you much research to find that out.
Little Dutch
30/03/2011 09:15:00
Little Dutch - but research should also tell you that all of the England squad players have a premier league game before the champions league games next week. The clubs in the Champions league could choose to rest them for the premier league games instead ? The point is that it is preferential treatment
silva lining
30/03/2011 11:45:00
LD - I didn't see any special favour given to City players by Capello during the last international friendly and City had a Europa League game the following Tuesday, so that doesn't really wash.
30/03/2011 11:45:00
Not more "everyone's against City" b0ll0x. Do remember that your players also chose to put the England shirt on, no one had a gun to their head forcing them to do so.
30/03/2011 12:35:00
"maybe" indeed, Little Dutch. So what if they have CL fixtures coming up? Does that mean that the priorities of and targets of clubs like us who haven't won anything for decades and aspire to play against the European elite are deemed irrelevant? You've typed as much in your *****poor attempt at a put down.
Johnny Baguette
30/03/2011 12:36:00
Drivel, FNS. And what would happen if they refused to do so?
Johnny Baguette
30/03/2011 12:39:00
Good old TF7 missing the point as usual.
30/03/2011 12:44:00
It is a conspiracy, and we all know it. Micah Richards, an established senior International, was playing for the U-21 squad for what reason? And why would Milner, Barry, and Hart play for the full 90 minutes? Why not try to bring up some other players for a useless friendly that has no bearing on anything. Test some new players out instead of using the same old combination of players which has seen this England side crash out of every major tournament it's played in recently. It's just plain rubbish, that's what it is.
30/03/2011 13:22:00
I'm not sure Capello should shoulder the blame for this though the F.A certainly should. It's them all over. Capello only wants to field as strong a team as is available to him.. But should Mancini not be berated for this too, should he not have insisted on anything, no? Yeah I'm angry about this, but with who, I'm not sure. Who does the book stop with?
30/03/2011 16:00:00
I cannot believe that we're playing at 4pm on Mothers Day. I'm taking me mum.
30/03/2011 17:51:00
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