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England's Chelsea contingent unhappy with McCulloch dismissal

England's Chelsea contingent are upset with the FA's decision to sack popular masseur Billy McCulloch.

The Daily Mail says McCulloch, known as Bill Blood by the players, is so well liked by England's Chelsea contingent that they persuaded former coach Steve McClaren to make him part of his back-up team following the appointment of John Terry as captain.

Frank Lampard credits McCulloch with keeping him fit during his record breaking run of 119 consecutive Premier League appearances.

McCulloch, as well as being an expert masseur, is also the comedian who keeps the players amused with his madcap antics.

McCulloch's popularity with the Chelsea England set of Terry, Lampard, Joe Cole, Wayne Bridge, Ashley Cole and Shaun Wright-Phillips is unlikely to bother the hardline Capello, who intends to keep his distance from the players.

Indeed, Capello gave England skipper Terry no indication over whether he would keep the armband when they had a brief chat about the central defender's foot injury after Chelsea's Carling Cup semifinal win at Everton on Wednesday.

Nor would Capello even think about consulting Terry or anyone else over the removal of McCulloch, which was more the work of FA staff than the England manager.

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