England trains amid reports of another rift

2010-06-21 12:02

England held what could be its next-to-last World Cup training

session today amid further reports of a rift within the squad.

The latest problems are a fallout from comments by ex-captain John

Terry that some players had a meeting to discuss grievances with team

management. There were reports in the British media today that Terry’s team

mates had told him to keep quiet.

Terry insisted at a news conference yesterday that there was no

unrest within the squad, but that was before his public comments.

Terry told reporters at an official news conference yesterday that

the players would have a meeting with Capello to discuss what went wrong in the

game against Algeria, one of England’s worst World Cup performances.

But he also said that, after the game in Cape Town, some of the

players talked over the match between themselves over a beer.

Although he did not reveal exactly what they said, media reports

said they decided to tell Capello the team needed to play with a 4-5-1 instead

of 4-4-2 formation with Rooney up front on his own and Joe Cole added to the


The reports said that the rest of the players were furious with

Terry for revealing details of the meeting, which appeared to undermine

Capello’s running of the team.

When the players had their training session today, two days ahead

of their game against Slovenia, there seemed no sign of any discord during the

15-minute session the media was allowed to observe.

England needs to beat Slovenia at Port Elizabeth on Wednesday to

stay in the competition after draws with the United States and Algeria. England

players were booed by their own fans after the 0-0 draw against Algeria in Cape


Because heavy rain has left the playing surface at the Nelson

Mandela Stadium in a poor condition, England and Slovenia may not be able to

train on it tomorrow. England has asked Fifa if it can stay behind at its

training camp in Rustenburg to hold its training session there and fly to Port

Elizabeth later in the day.

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