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Venables: FA as much to blame for England failure

Former England coach Terry Venables has called on the Football Association to look at themselves and not just blame the players if things go wrong.

England have recently appointed experienced Italian Fabio Capello as their new head coach following Steve McClaren's sacking over their failure to qualify for Euro 2008.

Many have pointed the finger at England's stars over the qualifying debacle, that saw them lose their last two qualifiers, in Russia and at home to Croatia.

However, Venables believes The FA also need to look at themselves if things go wrong again and not just hang the players out to dry.

"All parts, from the Football Association to those involved in the football itself, have to look at themselves, strip it down and see where the problems are," said Venables.

"But then it has to be backed. It's no good leaving players to their own devices to get results and say, 'it's nothing to do with me'.

"It's about saying, 'have we all done enough'? because we are all in it, and some of the answers are not particularly good, so we have to look at it.

"If you want success it has to happen. The FA has a big job on, and they have to get down to the problems because with any business, it starts with the people at the top.

"You need big men to stand up and say 'this is not right', and 'why isn't it right'? and to get people who are prepared to say what they think without others getting upset by that."

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