Rooney: I was scared of Capello
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says he found Fabio Capello
“really intimidating” when the Italian took over as England manager
Capello has revived England’s fortunes since succeeding Steve
McClaren in the role, overseeing a near-perfect qualification
campaign for this summer’s World Cup finals.
Quoted in several Sunday newspapers, Rooney said: “When
Capello came in on the first day, he was scary.
“It was mad. On the training pitch, you’d be training for
about three seconds and then he’d stop you and put you in position
and say that’s where you should be. He’d physically move you. It
was really intimidating.”
Comparing the Capello era to the previous regime, Rooney
added: “He’s changed everything.
“You need to watch yourself if you make a mistake in
training. He records everything and he once had Glen Johnson going
over a tape because he wasn’t happy with one of his throw-ins.
“Everything has to be right. But he’s done a fantastic job
and we’re very happy to have him.
“He’s restored our confidence as a team and he’s given me the
freedom to play.
“He gives confidence to some of the players who maybe in the
past didn’t have the belief that they were good enough to play for
England. You can see it when you look around the team.”
On McClaren’s predecessor, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Rooney added:
“Sven was so relaxed it was weird.
“You were basically telling him what you wanted to do, but he
was a good coach. He got us to two World Cup quarter-finals.”
The England squad will meet up next Sunday for the friendly
international against African champions Egypt on Wednesday week.