England boss Capello: No more self-inflicted distractions

England boss Fabio Capello doesn't want anymore distractions caused by his players

England boss Fabio Capello doesn't want anymore distractions caused by his players

England tackle African Nations Cup winners Egypt at Wembley in their final friendly before Capello names his provisional squad for South Africa.

Yet the build-up has been completely dominated by the fall-out from Chelsea captain John Terry's alleged dalliance with Manchester City fullback Wayne Bridge's former girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel.

It cost Terry the England captaincy and resulted in Bridge ending his association with the national side, so Capello accepts it is a subject he can hardly ignore.

However, the Italian is clearly uncomfortable discussing such matters and has made his players aware of what he expects from now on.

"I want to speak only about things that happen on the pitch," he said. "Not outside the pitch and not outside the stadium.

"I want to speak about the style of our game. I want to speak about what happens during a game.

"For some players, their private life is a big problem. Also for the clubs and, at the end, for me. But I hope they understand it is really important, in this last period, they are careful in their lives."