Terry apologises to Capello


John Terry has issued an apology to England manager Fabio Capello, following the Chelsea defender’s call for a frank exchange of views following the Three Lions’ draw with Algeria last week.
Terry had implied to reporters that some unpleasant things were likley to be said by players to the manager at a team meeting on Sunday evening.
He also named Joe Cole as a player who should come into the team to improve the attacking options.
As it turned out, the team meeting is believed to have run along conventional lines, with Capello speaking and the players listening.
Capello also branded Terry’s outburst “a big mistake” in a television interview on Monday, and now Terry has apologised and given his manager his full backing.
It also appears that the backing Terry expected from certain of his team-mates did not materialise.
“I went into yesterday’s press conference with the intention of being honest,” Terry said, according to The Daily Mail.
“I was asked a question about Joe Cole and maybe I went too far. But it was never my intention to upset the manager or the players and if I did upset anyone, I apologise.
“I have told the manager he has my total support and I would like to stress that I don’t believe I have been a disruptive influence in the camp.
“I would now like to put this episode behind me and concentrate on trying to win what is a massive game for England. All I was trying to do was to say how important it is to me to try to win the World Cup.
“I just hope people at least appreciate that I have taken the time to call you and have asked you to report what I have to say in response.” —Reuters