Jimmy Bullard: I don't think Fabio Capello even knew my name!

Last Updated: 11/10/13 11:26am

Jimmy Bullard told Goals on Sunday that Fabio Capello didn't even know his name.

The former Wigan, Hull and Fulham midfielder joined Kammy and Ben on the Goals on Sunday couch this week and discussed his 'interesting' relationship with former England boss Capello.

Bullard was first called up to the international team in 2008 ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Croatia, but did not appear in either of the games.

"My pinnacle was getting in to the Premier League," said Bullard. "That was what I always wanted to do when I was kid, playing in the top flight against the world's best.

"I achieved that and then all of a sudden I got the England call-up and my house went nuts for two week - it still is, I'm still celebrating it now...


"I got the England call-up and my house went nuts for two week - it still is, I'm till celebrating it now..."

Jimmy Bullard

"My communication with Capello wasn't great - he didn't speak a lot of English really and I don't think he knew my name.

"But when you've got a foreign manager it's quite difficult, especially one that can't speak much English - that's no disrespect to the man because he's a great manager and a great man.

"I found it quite difficult, but it may have been where I was new as well and I was a little 'wow what's happening here', shell-shocked if you want.

"Not on the pitch, just around the place and I didn't really chat to him a great deal to be honest.

"I made the bench a couple times and I kept giving [Capello] the eye and he said to me afterwards: 'I'm so sorry I didn't play you, I didn't know it was your debut'.

"I was like: 'Noooo! You're going to have to pick again for the next match' and I didn't get another call-up!"


Back in 2008, Hull's manager at the time, Phil Brown, gave his team a bizarre half-time team talk on the pitch.

In the repeat fixture against Manchester City the following year, Bullard scored from the penalty spot and famously recreated the moment with the rest of his team.

And Jimmy told Ben and Kammy he was a little bit worried about bumping in to his gaffer after the game.

"The Manchester City fans applauded us for that celebration," he added.

"I didn't know how to take Phil Brown at times and as I was walking in I was thinking 'how's he going to take this', but he was sweet as a nut.

"I got away with it because of the result [1-1] and I think it helped him a bit because a few of the boys weren't too happy about the original dressing down."

To hear more from Jimmy, watch the video above.