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England players clique lost confidence in Capello

England coach Fabio Capello has lost the confidence of a section of the players, it has been revealed.

The Daily Express says the World Cup campaign was dogged by dissatisfaction among a section of the players, who have now lost faith in Capello.

The FA have told Capello they will spend the next two weeks considering his position as manager and are likely to canvass the opinion of senior players. If asked, some members of the squad will tell FA officials they believe Capello's tactics and methods are too rigid, and that his attempt to inject camaraderie failed miserably.

The players were particularly puzzled by Capello's decision to offer them a beer before the Slovenia and Germany games, as he tried to keep the squad relaxed.

None of the players took Capello up on his offer, as they do not drink before Premier League games, and thought the Italian should have instead addressed the boredom within the training camp.

One source close to the England team claimed the players were happy with Capello's strict rules in short bursts, but found them demoralising and stifling over a long period.

He said: "It's like when you meet a girl and you go on a few dates, and everything is going great. Then you go on holiday together and after a few days you realise you can't stand each other."

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