Euro 2012 qual. - Paper Round: Capello to allow booze and women
It is sometimes difficult for the press to squeeze anything of interest out of Fabio Capello - but on this occasion it seems they have uncovered a new tactic to be employed by the England coach should his team, as expected, qualify for Euro 2012.
In marked contrast to the bunker mentality that existed within the England camp during the World Cup in South Africa, Capello has said he will allow his players to drink alcohol and party with women in Poland/Ukraine.
The catch? Well, they have to be winning matches.
Capello explains: “Everything when you win is good, the perfect choice, the best choice if you drink or go with women.
“When you lose, it’s a disaster. The results are the most important thing.’’
Such comments created a stir with both the press corps and an FA official in attendance, but Capello was unrepentant.
The Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter takes up the story: "As he spoke, Capello was briefly interrupted by a concerned FA official.
"Capello waved him away; 'I know what I’ve said,' insisted the FA’s most high-profile employee. 'Don’t worry. Everything is good when you win. The other things are wrong when you lose.’'"
Capello also said he planned a boozy session if England secured their Euro 2012 qualification in Montenegro tonight.
"If England qualify, I want to drink with my friends the players and all the people who work with me," he said.
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Everton are considering a move for Caen defender Yroundu Musavu-King. The 19-year-old has yet to establish himself in Caen’s first team but Everton are weighing up a bid in January. (Daily Mail)
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