The English FA are calling on the media to look at Fabio Capello's overall record since his appointment.
Club England managing director Adrian Bevington yesterday asked for Capello's overall record since replacing Steve McClaren in late 2007 to be taken into full context.
"It isn't Fabio who sets his salary. Fabio had an outstanding record going into this tournament in qualifying England for the World Cup," he said.
"We are all very disappointed that we are leaving early in the competition.
"But we hired Fabio when, as a nation, when we were on the floor having failed to qualify for a major tournament in the 2008 European Championships.
"Fabio restored that confidence with a very successful qualification campaign and we need to put that in full context."