On this day in 2012: England boss Fabio Capello resigns over captaincy decision

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Fabio Capello resigned as England manager, on this day in 2012.

Capello walked away from the job after the Football Association decided to strip John Terry of the captaincy without consulting the Italian.

The FA announcement came after a meeting between board members and Capello at Wembley Stadium.

Soccer – FIFA 2010 World Cup Package
Capello “absolutely” disagreed with the FA’s decision to strip Terry of his captaincy (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Capello took to Italian TV to criticise England’s decision and he “absolutely” disagreed with the action that was taken against Terry.

Following the decision, an FA statement read: “The Football Association can confirm that Fabio Capello has today resigned as England manager.

“This follows a meeting involving FA chairman David Bernstein, FA general secretary Alex Horne and Fabio Capello at Wembley Stadium.

“The discussions focused on the FA board’s decision to remove the England team captaincy from John Terry, and Fabio Capello’s response through an Italian broadcast interview.

“In a meeting for over an hour, Fabio’s resignation was accepted and he will leave the post of England manager with immediate effect.”

Soccer – 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa – Round Of 16 – Germany v England – Free State Stadium
England were dumped out of the 2010 World Cup with a 4-1 defeat to Germany, in Capello’s only major tournament as boss (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Capello had won 28 of his 41 games in charge, losing only six times during his reign.

Roy Hodgson subsequently took the England hot seat and exited Euro 2012 at the quarter-final stage after they were beaten 4-2 by Italy on penalties.

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