Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Forget All That Rubbish about Capello, He's Not Lost His Aura, Insists Crouch

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Forget All That Rubbish about Capello, He's Not Lost His Aura, Insists Crouch

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Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent

PETER CROUCH today claimed "too much rubbish" is talked about Fabio Capello and insisted the England squad remain united behind the beleaguered Italian.

Capello has been heavily criticised for reinstating John Terry as captain and the manner in which he set about making the decision and informing the players.

The 64-year-old's methods have come under intense scrutiny and failure to beat Wales in Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier will prompt questions about his future, despite announcing his intention to stand down after next summer's finals.

But Crouch believes team morale has been unaffected by the reshuffle and is confident the players will show their support by securing victory in the Millennium Stadium.

"The manager still commands the same respect as he did when he came into the set-up," Crouch told Standard Sport.

"From day one he had that aura about him and nothing has changed. From what he did at club level with Real Madrid and AC Milan, we all look at that and know you have to respect a figure like that in the game.

"None of that has been lost at all -- we are all trying to win for our nation, for our fans, for ourselves and also the manager as well.

"He speaks very good English now -- a lot better than when he first came. We know how he works now and we know what he wants. Hopefully we can give that to him.

"People have talked a lot of rubbish about Capello but he is still one of the best managers in the game."

Crouch's club-mate, Gareth Bale, was today ruled out of the match with a hamstring injury. However, the striker believes another Spurs wide player could hold the key to proceedings with Aaron Lennon set to start his first England match since October's goalless draw against Montenegro.

Competition on the right of midfield is fierce with Arsenal's Theo Walcott performing well before suffering an ankle problem, while Aston Villa forward Ashley Young impressed -- albeit from a more central position -- against Denmark last month. …

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