Fabio Capello In Hot Water! Again?!

Fabio Capello has put himself on a collision course with his FA bosses after incredibly allowing marks for all his England players' dismal World Cup performances to be published on his controversial 'Capello Index' website. The 64-year-old Italian has risked upsetting both his employers and, more importantly, his squad by making the damning verdicts public.

Every player has been marked out of 100 for every performance in South Africa - and the results are embarrassing at the end of a tournament in which questions were asked of Capello himself. Goalkeeper Robert Green not surprisingly gets the lowest mark with just 51.67 following his howler in the opening match against the USA. But stars like Wayne Rooney will not be happy either when they see their manager's public verdict - the Manchester United striker is awarded just 53.1 for his showing against Algeria.

Capello was shocked at the widespread condemnation of the scheme when it was made public in a glitzy launch in May. He was hauled into a meeting at Wembley and agreed to postpone the project - which could make him fortunes through fantasy football games - until after the World Cup. But FA chiefs, it is understood, believed it would then be quietly swept under the carpet and never reactivated.

The affair has echoes of the end of Glenn Hoddle's reign as national team boss when his 1998 World Cup diaries revealed his views about England players and he lost respect in the dressing room - before subsequently being sacked for comments in a newspaper interview. Capello kept his job after the dismal campaign in South Africa because FA chiefs did not want to fork out the £12million compensation that would be due under his contract, hastily rewritten before the tournament.

Capello's new antic could even offer the English FA, a way to end his reign without compensation being due if the Capello Index publication has broken the terms of his agreements. In May Capello secured a contract worth £6m per year. Judging by the performance of English team in June, the contract certainly looks ridiculous, a hefty pay for a manager who underperformed or maybe didn't even perform at all. Significantly, the one score which wasn't available was one for the coach – who has almost certainly earned a minus mark from his employers in the English FA.


ROBERT GREEN (1 game): 51.67.
DAVID JAMES (3 games): 59.28.
GLEN JOHNSON (4 games): 57.18.
JOHN TERRY (4 games): 60.48.
LEDLEY KING (1 game): 57.50.
JAMIE CARRAGHER (2 games): 59.04.
MATTHEW UPSON (2 games): 60.21.
ASHLEY COLE (5 games): 59.58.
AARON LENNON (2 games): 57.64.
FRANK LAMPARD (4 games): 58.58.
STEVEN GERRARD (4 games): 60.98.
JAMES MILNER (4 games). 59.40.
GARETH BARRY (3 games): 57.50.
SHAUN WRIGHT-PHILLIPS (3 games): 61.09.
JOE COLE (2 games): 55.45.
WAYNE ROONEY (4 games): 58.87.
EMILE HESKEY (4 games): 60.15.
JERMAIN DEFOE (3 games): 62.47.
PETER CROUCH (2 games): No mark.

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