Euro 2012: There was emotion watching England, says Capello

Former England manager Fabio Capello concedes he felt "emotional" watching Roy Hodgson's men draw 1-1 with France

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Fabio Capello resigned from his England manager role in February PA Photos

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Fabio Capello admits it was “emotional” experience watching his former England players battle to a 1-1 draw with France in their opening game at Euro 2012.

The 65-year-old resigned as the national team’s manager in February after disagreeing with the Football Association’s decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy.

Capello was replaced by Roy Hodgson in May, and the new England manager has made an unbeaten start to his reign, winning two pre-tournament friendlies before Joleon Lescott’s header helped the Three Lions to a point against Les Bleus in their Group D opener.

“When England’s players ran out against France, of course there was an emotion – I felt it,” he told the Daily Mail.

“England are part of my heart, I worked with the players and the people in the country for four years.”

The Italian added: “The first game for England, against France, was so important because the pressure on the manager and the team is really, really strong.

“Neither team took any risks, they didn’t have the confidence to do that because it was the first match of the tournament. England defended well. Joe Hart is an excellent goalkeeper and he made some really important saves.

“They have key players in important positions. Steven Gerrard is dangerous from long distance and free-kicks and John Terry is the spirit of the team. He drives the players in front of him.

“They will qualify because I still feel like it is my job. I hope Roy is happy after the third game. I want them to win.

“The problem now is the Ukraine result because they were not expecting them to beat Sweden, but Andriy Shevchenko is a different player for the national team.”

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