England coach Capello clears air with Arsenal winger Walcott

England coach Fabio Capello says he's cleared the air with Arsenal winger Theo Walcott.

Walcott criticised Capello in his new book.

The Italian said: "I was speaking to him at Arsenal. I said, 'I prefer you as player than a writer'. He smiled and then scored a goal!"

Capello says that Walcott knew his threat to "kill" him was lighthearted.

"It was a joke," Capello insisted. "He understood the joke.

"In my life. I respect all people. You respect me, I respect you. There are different rules - you are the player, I am the manager. It's normal.

"When I speak with the players at the start of the season I always said this, 'My role is to be manager and your role is to be player. I respect you and you need to respect me'. This is important. I told him this."

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