Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Capello in New Dig at Redknapp over King; England Coach Asks Why Spurs Boss Didn't Blast Scotland for Calling Up Injured Star Hutton

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Capello in New Dig at Redknapp over King; England Coach Asks Why Spurs Boss Didn't Blast Scotland for Calling Up Injured Star Hutton

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Byline: SIMON JOHNSON Football Correspondent

FABIO CAPELLO today accused Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp of double standards over his reaction to Ledley King's call-up to the England squad this week.

Redknapp blasted Capello's decision to select the Spurs defender for the games against Slovakia and Ukraine because he was struggling with a chronic knee injury.

The 28-year-old was released from the squad on Wednesday, but it provoked an ugly row between the England coach and his Spurs counterpart.

In the latest twist, Capello said he was mystified as to why Redknapp wasn't equally outraged over Tottenham right-back Alan Hutton's inclusion in the Scotland squad.

Hutton has not played for club or country for four months due to a broken foot but, having come though a reserve game for Spurs on Monday night, he joined up with George Burley's set-up ahead of the clash with Holland tomorrow.

Capello said: "I don't understand why he spoke about Ledley King and not about Hutton. The Scottish manager put him in the squad after he didn't play for months due to being injured.

"This is the same position. I don't understand why he was happy with Scotland and not with us." Tottenham will argue that the circumstances are different in Hutton's case as he has recovered from his injury while King is still troubled by his.

Redknapp also spoke with Burley last week and the Scotland manager claimed that, as long as Hutton came through the reserve game unscathed, he had Redknapp's blessing for the call-up.

But Capello remains unrepentent about his decision to pick King and has not ruled out doing so again. The Italian

England coach blasts Redknapp double standards er crock King added: " We followed Ledley for a long time and in the last four games for Tottenham he played all the matches. This is why I chose him.

" We hope he still has a future with England because he's a very interesting player and one of the best centre- backs in the country .

" When I choose my squad I always select the best players and, for this reason, he was here.

When the staff checked the situation of his knee we then decided he could go back. …

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