Former England boss Fabio Capello has hit out at the England national team for their ”loser culture”. The Italian was the Three Lions manager between 2008-2012. During his tenure, he led the nation to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
During that tournament, England weren’t particularly inspiring despite been the pre-tournament favorites to win their group.
That year, they drew against the United States and Algeria. The Three Lions finally opened their account with a win against Slovenia. This allowed them to reach the last-16 as runners-up behind the USA.
The English were completely outclassed and lost their last-16 clash against Germany 4-1.
Admittedly England have always had been a hotbed of talent, but they have normally struggled in major tournaments. The last time that they won a major tournament dates back to 1966 when they lifted the World Cup on home soil.
The 71-year-old said: “The other teams get on with it and win. They don’t come up with these excuses. They’re losers’ excuses.
“The shirt of the national team can weigh down heavily on a player’s shoulders.
“It’s not a sacrifice, it’s not a prison. These are all things people make up in the wake of defeats.”
Since leaving his job as England boss, Capello went on to manage Russia between 2012-15 and he most recently managed Chinese club Jiangsu Suning.
Meanwhile, England are currently being managed by Gareth Southgate. Hopefully for their sake, they have a decent outing in this FIFA World Cup. They will have a tough road ahead of them as they have Belgium in their draw. But Panama and Tunisia are no slouches either, England would be fools to underestimate them.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup commences in just under a week from now and the pressure will be intense as the teams head to Russia.