Trouble at the top

'It's just incredible that he's said that now'

Last Updated: 06/02/12 1:00pm

Fabio Capello does not believe John Terry should have been stripped of the England captaincy

Alan Curbishley believes Fabio Capello's public criticism of the Football Association has caused a number of problems for England.

In an interview on Italian television on Sunday, the Three Lions boss claimed he did not agree with the decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy.

Curbishley says the FA was trying to draw a line under Terry's position, with the Chelsea defender facing an upcoming court case regarding allegations he racially abused QPR's Anton Ferdinand, but that Capello's comments have now created more problems.

"I think the FA were trying to draw a line under it as much as they could, because of the publicity surrounding it all," Curbishley told Sky Sports News.

"They were trying to dampen it down because leading up to the Euros, it could have been adverse publicity, taking everyone's attention away from the tournament.

"The FA are the governing body and it is within their brief that they can take this action. That must have been explained to Capello when they made this decision.

"I think contrary to some reports, he was informed last week that this was going to happen."

Curbishley dismissed suggestions that Terry being selected in upcoming England squads would cause friction for whoever is now given the captain's armband.


He added: "Whoever it is will be proud to be England captain. It is a great honour and I think the players will understand the situation. If John Terry's in the squad I don't think there will be any problem with that.

"What the FA were trying to do was draw a line under it as far as possible but now it has been reopened again by Fabio's comments.

"I think he's come out and backed his player but I'm sure they're not happy at the FA at the moment.

"It would have been much better if they could have got together, and if he was unhappy with the decision, then put it to them face-to-face. It's just incredible that he's come and said that now when they agreed it before the weekend.

"It's a very difficult situation Capello has on his hands. On the first day (the squad) get together do they have a chat about things? It's going to be a very tense squad. The press and media will have a field day with this."

The former Charlton and West Ham manager remarked that if the Italian opts to walk away from his post, then a temporary coach will have to be placed in charge until after Euro 2012.

"If he does (walk away) then the situation will be that a temporary manager takes us through to the Euros," Curbishley said.

"If you talk about the candidates that may be in the frame for the next England manager, they're actually working at the moment and I don't think their clubs would want the disruption."