Rooney doesn't understand English, says angry Capello
Former England coach gets his own back for Wayne Rooney's 'lost in translation' remark
NO WONDER Wayne Rooney was a flop at Euro 2012 – he doesn't understand English. That's the view of former England coach Fabio Capello, who has joined the chorus of criticism of the Manchester United striker following two dud displays in the European Championships.
Asked for his views on Rooney by Italian news agency ANSA, Capello said: "After seeing the latest game, I think Rooney only understands Scottish. That's because he only plays well in Manchester, where Sir Alex Ferguson speaks Scottish."
The quip won't go down well with Rooney but then Capello will say he's just getting his own back for remarks made last week by the England frontman. In an interview before the quarter-final clash with Italy, Rooney had said: "It helps everyone being English. There are no words lost in translation and we now understand exactly what the manager wants".
The insult was said to have infuriated Capello, who resigned as coach of England in February after the Football Association sacked John Terry as captain of the national team. The Italian believed he had been betrayed by Rooney, a player with whom he'd always enjoyed a good working relationship during his four years in charge of the Three Lions.
Capello has received support from his former England assistant coach, Italo Galbiati, who waded into the argument on the side of his compatriot, saying of Rooney: "He's ungrateful. Capello made himself understood and respected. Football has only one language — the ball. He cannot teach us anything."
Rooney isn't the only player to have fallen from grace during Euro 2012. Across the Channel it's reported that several of the French team are in danger of being suspended from the national side because of their behaviour during the championships.
L'Equipe reports that coach Laurent Blanc will meet Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation, on Thursday to discuss not just his future but also that of some of his players following France's poor showing in the tournament.
L'Equipe says Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri is facing a two-year suspension from the national team after a foul-mouthed tirade at a reporter in the wake of France's quarter-final defeat to Spain, while Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa is likely to be hit with a four-match ban after a changing room bust-up with Blanc. In addition Jérémy Ménez and Yann M'Vila risk copping a similar punishment for other acts of indiscipline during France's chaotic campaign.
Meanwhile in an interview with French paper Le Monde one of Graët's colleagues in the French Football Federation, Joël Muller, has given a withering assessment of the French team, saying: "These players in some of the biggest clubs in Europe have distinguished themselves by a lack of humility, an immaturity and an inability to represent their country and the millions of supporters."