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Fabio Capello resigns as England manager after FA meeting

Fabio Capello steps down as England manager after meeting with Football Association chiefs at Wembley on Wednesday

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Fabio Capello has resigned as England manager after holding talks with Football Association officials on Wednesday.

Capello met with chairman David Bernstein and general secretary Alex Horne at Wembley after the Italian publicly voiced his disapproval at the FA’s decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy until the verdict of the Chelsea defender’s trial for alleged racist abuse.

Defender Terry, 31, denies a charge of allegedly racially abusing Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand.

A statement released on Wednesday evening read: “The Football Association can confirm that Fabio Capello has today resigned as England manager.

“This follows a meeting involving FA chairman David Bernstein, FA general secretary Alex Horne and Fabio Capello at Wembley Stadium.

“The discussions focused on the FA board’s decision to remove the England team captaincy from John Terry, and Fabio Capello’s response through an Italian broadcast interview.

“In a meeting for over an hour, Fabio’s resignation was accepted and he will leave the post of England manager with immediate effect.”

The FA chairman beleives Capello’s decision to stand down is the right course of action.

“I would like to stress that during today’s meeting and throughout his time as England manager, Fabio has conducted himself in an extremely professional manner,” said Bernstein.

“We have accepted Fabio’s resignation, agreeing this is the right decision. We would like to thank Fabio for his work with the England team and wish him every success in the future.”

England now have four months to appoint a new manager before the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

On Sunday, in an interview with Italian broadcaster RAI Capello had said: “I thought it was right that Terry should keep the captain’s armband.

“I have spoken to the [FA] chairman and I have said that in my opinion one cannot be punished until it is official and the court – a non-sport court, a civil court – had made a decision to decide if John Terry has done what he is accused of.”

The FA confirmed it will be holding a media conference at 1200GMT at Wembley on Thursday.

Capello resigns: Players’ reaction on Twitter

Jack Wilshere: “People have there own judgement on Capello but for a young player who was given the chance to play for my country at such a young age…he has shown great belief and trust in me so I can only thank him….massive influence on my career so far! Sad to see him go!”

Wayne Rooney: “Gutted capello has quit. Good guy and top coach. Got to be english to replace him. Harry redknapp for me.”

Michael Owen: “Don’t know if was just me but it never felt right in the first place knowing the England manager was heading off after the Euros regardless.”

Kyle Walker: “Gutted to see Fabio Capello go, he put a lot of trust in me and gave me my first cap. just want to say a big thanks really.”

Glen Johnson: “Sad news to see Capello step down. Good man and a Good manager.”

Joey Barton: “Well, well, well, this debacle claims yet another victim. Where does this stop. No captain and no manager. 4 months from a major championship. What’s going on….”

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