Ger­rard urges Capello to re­main as man­ager

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

Skip­per Steven Ger­rard ex­pects there to be changes in the eng­land squad for the euro 2012 cam­paign but he has urged Fabio Capello to re­main as man­ager.

The chances of the so called ‘Golden Gen­er­a­tion’ to win a ma­jor tour­na­ment may have ended af­ter Eng­land were beaten 4-1 in their World Cup sec­ond round match by Ger­many in Bloemfontein.

The likes of Ger­rard, John Terry, Frank Lam­pard and Emile Heskey are al­ready over 30 while David James will be 40 in Au­gust.

Ger­rard said: “Ev­ery­one in the dress­ing room is hurt­ing, the coach­ing staff and the play­ers.

“We’ll go away in the sum­mer and an­a­lyse things per­son­ally and the team.

“We’ll have to see what the fu- ture holds. We’ve got an ex­pe­ri­enced team and play­ers who are get­ting on.

“I’m sure they’ll be changes by the time the next tour­na­ment comes around.

“But they’re ques­tions you’ll have to ask the man­ager.”

As for Capello’s fu­ture, Ger­rard said: “I’m sure Fabio will stay and he’ll ad­dress his own sit­u­a­tion very soon.

“I don’t know when. Per­son­ally I’d like him to stay as I think he’s a fan­tas­tic man­ager but that’s my opin­ion.”

Ger­rard re­fused to lay the blame for Eng­land’s fail­ure down to the match of­fi­cials not al­low­ing a 38th minute equaliser when Frank Lam­pard’s shot had clearly crossed the goal-line.

He said: “If you look at the game as a whole we’ve been beaten by the bet­ter team.

“We had good parts of the game where we passed the ball well and got into good ar­eas.

“At 2-1 if Frank’s goal would have counted it could have been a turn­ing point in the game, but we can’t use that as an ex­cuse. They’ve scored four goals and we only got one, which tells it’s own story.

“We made too many mis­takes as a team. Ger­many were more or­gan­ised than us and more clin­i­cal.

“They got in five or six times and scored four goals so you’ve got to give them credit.

“Ger­many were the bet­ter team over the 90 min­utes, but even at 20 and 2-1 I had con­fi­dence we could win the game. The third goal was the killer.”

Capello is to seek ur­gent talks with Club Eng­land chair­man Sir David Richards about his fu­ture.

Capello’s po­si­tion is bound to come un­der in­tense scru­tiny only five weeks af­ter hav­ing a clause re­moved from his £6mil­lion-a-year deal that would al­low ei­ther party to ter­mi­nate af­ter the World Cup.

“I want to speak with the chair­man and then de­cide my fu­ture,” said Capello.

“I need to know whether the FA have con­fi­dence in me or not.”

When asked if he would re­sign, he replied: “Ab­so­lutely not.”

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