It's official - England are in the throes
of a full-blown crisis, with Wayne Rooney facing a backlash as Fabio Capello is
forced to consider the consequences of failure.
The News Of The World leads the way with
the headline 'Roovolt', claiming
that the striker's ego is 'out of
A 'source' has informed the paper that
been branded a "preening prima
donna" who expects the side to be built
around him and blames everyone else
when things go wrong.
talks will be held between the star and Fabio
Capello before Wednesday's showdown with Slovenia, but it is not just tensions
between those two that are on the boil: the same paper claims that the rest of
the squad are anything from furious
and going mad to suffering and insecure, all of which are bolded up to highlight the point.
And players are also "angry" with Capello, who they feel
is unapproachable and whose tactics
are in desperate need of changing.
The Mail on Sunday goes one step further,
claiming that Capello is already bracing
himself for the axe should England fail to win their make-or-break clash
with Slovenia. A source told the paper the Italian "is under no illusions" as to his fate should England produce
their worst performance at a World Cup since 1958.
The Sunday Mirror says that Capello will jump before he is pushed in the event
of that massive fail, with the coach confiding in friends that he has no
intention of waiting for the FA backlash should his side crash out.
The Sunday's Mirror's columnist Terry Butcher sticks his oar in, saying
that the late great Sir Bobby Robson
would be turning in his grave at the current plight of the team, who should
be sent home economy class in the event
of an early exit.
in meltdown' is the Sunday Express's take on the
situation, the paper claiming that Capello's right-hand man Franco Baldini is at war with the FA after
relationships soured while England have been at the Royal Bafokeng sport
The Observer go with the altogether more
measured 'Capello and team at odds',
while claiming that the manager and the remnants of the so-called golden
generation are pulling in opposite
That's a view echoed in the Sunday
Telegraph (England morale at an 'all
time low') while The Sunday Times have a splash 'Serial failure of flawed generation'.
Of course, England will probably beat
Slovenia and all this doom-mongering will be irrelevant come Wednesday evening,
but hey, that view is never going to sell papers, is it?
Across the Channel to another team in
crisis, France. Our Gallic chums are
reeling from the expulsion of Nicolas
Anelka from the squad following his foul-mouthed outburst at coach Raymond
In today's L'Equipe, Les Blues captain Patrice
Evra has admitted Anelka was wrong to tell Domenech to 'go f*** yourself, you dirty son of a whore', but has laid the
blame at the door of another, unknown
"The problem of France is not Anelka,
but the traitor among us," he
told the paper. "We must eliminate the traitor from the group, because he
wants to hurt the team. There is no
little mouse in the locker room, this comes from someone who is on the team
and wants to hurt the team."
Hmm. Intrigue of Inspecteur Clousseau proportions indeed. Time to get the rat poison out.
Over to Denmark, where the Danes are rightly
celebrating their Dennis Romendahl-inspired victory over Cameroon.
win crazy drama' is the main headline in Politiken,
although not everyone was happy after the 2-1 win - 'Cantankerous Morten Olsen rages against careless mistakes' was
another headline in the paper.
Are some people never happy? Perhaps the
Danes should try supporting England and maybe then they would know what it is like to really suffer.