Démarré par Vince, 15-08-2011, 04:35:52
CiterHE picked players on form and that was it. No sentiment. No friendships. Cold and clinical. There was something very stiff and starchy about Mr Capello's regime before the 2010 World Cup. I found it difficult to be myself. Players split up along club lines. 'I was stunned not to go to the World Cup' ... Arsenal winger Theo Walcott opens up about Capello's England in a new book There was an Aston Villa group and a Manchester United group and the staff weren't very relaxed. It all felt a bit tense. Everyone was a bit too serious. One of the best mixers, one of the people who moved easily between the cliques, was Wayne Rooney. He's such an easy bloke to get along with and he's popular with everybody. In the future I think he'll make a great England captain. The other thing about him is that he always wants to win. Always. A few days after we arrived in Germany for the 2006 World Cup, I walked past the snooker room in the hotel and Wayne was having a match with John Terry. It was close but when JT sank the winning pot, Wayne lost his rag and snapped the cue with his hands. It put the fear of God into me. When Mr Capello named his 30-man provisional 2010 World Cup squad on May 11, I was in it. We headed out to a training camp in the Austrian Alps before we left for South Africa. Something happened out there that shook my confidence. It was the second day, and I made a run inside from my position out wide on the right. Suddenly Mr Capello started screaming at me at the top of his voice. Training stopped and everyone stared at their feet and looked embarrassed. \"Theo,\" he was yelling, \"I will kill you if you come inside like that again!\" Despite Mr Capello's outburst, I never quite knew what was required of me. I was confused. I had been injured so much that season that my confidence was fragile, but no one ever helped me. If you are the boss, surely you want everyone playing well and you want to encourage everyone. It killed me and I felt it wasn't fair. Mr Capello was due to name his final 23-man squad. I felt 100 per cent sure I would be going. You want to know how sure I was that I was going? Well, I'd packed my bag. On the day the squad was announced, I went to Brocket Hall, the country hotel near my home in Hertfordshire, for a last round of golf before going to South Africa. Mr Popular ... Theo and Wayne Rooney - who he tips for the captaincy I was on the fairway on the fourth hole when Mr Capello rang me on my mobile. He was short and to the point. He said he was sorry but I hadn't made the squad and I wouldn't be going to the World Cup. I was stunned. I had a bit of a cry. I respected Mr Capello's decision but I went through a whole mix of emotions in just a few days - I was numb, shocked, upset, angry, confused. On an earlier occasion I was woken by the phone ringing in my hotel room at The Grove - the England team's Hertfordshire training base for home games. It was one of the England staff and he sounded nervous. He said I'd missed a team meeting and that I'd better come and sort it out with Mr Capello. I'd thought the meeting was at 7.30pm but it turned out it had been half an hour earlier. I'd had an afternoon nap, set my alarm too late and slept through the meeting. I could feel my heart thumping. I had never missed a team meeting before. I was in trouble. It was the Monday evening before England's friendly against Holland in Amsterdam in August 2009. I got downstairs as fast as I could and spoke to one of the coaches. He said I should go and apologise to Mr Capello. The coach said he had gone back to his hotel room. I stood in front of his door for a few seconds, my heart thumping. I knocked and there was a brief wait that seemed like a lifetime. Then Mr Capello opened the door. He stood there, looking at me. \"Boss,\" I said, \"I'm so sorry I missed the meeting. I misread the time.\" Mr Capello's expression stayed the same. He shrugged his shoulders, then let the door swing shut in my face. He hadn't said a word. \"Oh, f*** me,\" I thought. It was much worse than getting a severe bollocking. It was seriously scary. The headmaster ... Theo Walcott says England players were embarrassed when Fabio Capello criticised him during training My week didn't improve. I was supposed to be released the next day to go back to Arsenal because of an injury. This had been agreed between Arsenal and the England medical staff but it soon became apparent the message had not got through to Mr Capello. I went to say goodbye to him on the Tuesday morning and wish him all the best for the match and he looked puzzled - in an angry kind of way. \"What?\" he said. \"I've got an injury, boss,\" I said. \"The staff have told me to go home.\" \"No,\" Mr Capello said, \"You are coming to Holland.\" So I went. I did a bit of the pre-match warm-up on the pitch but my back was too sore to do any more than that. Then I sat on the bench for the duration of the 2-2 draw. It seemed a slightly curious way of going about things because I could have gone back to Arsenal the day before and concentrated on starting my recovery. There were big differences to the way it had been under previous manager, Sven Goran Eriksson. It became obvious straight away that Mr Capello was very strict. It was like being in the presence of a headmaster. If you are eating and you look over to where he is and he is looking at you, you look down and eat straight away. You're s*** scared of him, basically. Every player reacts in a different way but I think that's what you need from a manager. There is this presence about him. It makes you believe that if you follow what he says, you will win things. And when he believes in you, you play better and your confidence goes up. But woe betide you if you put a foot out of line off the pitch. Don't touch your mobile phones in his presence, especially around dinner. That is a very serious no-no. Emile Heskey fell foul of that one during the World Cup qualifiers when Mr Capello caught him texting someone during dinner. He got up, yelled and chucked something at Emile. I had one close shave straight away with the discipline side of things. When I joined the squad before a game against the USA we were allowed to play golf at The Grove. I got Dad to bring my clubs and because there's a very strict food regime under Mr Capello I was really craving some crisps, just something different from the rather bland food we're allowed to eat, so I told Dad to bring me a snack. He brought Pringles but as he was lifting my clubs out of his boot I noticed with horror that Mr Capello was watching everyone like a hawk. Dad was about to hand me the Pringles but realised just in time that it would be a serious error and put them back in the boot as nonchalantly as he could. The food we're officially allowed is OK, it just gets a bit boring. So during the build-up to one match some of us snuck in some Nando's on the quiet. That was a seriously nerve-racking episode. Everybody kept expecting Mr Capello to burst out of the shadows as the players were eating their food. Things have gone well since then. I came straight back into the first team after the World Cup and have been selected for Euro 2012 qualifiers when I've been fit. The atmosphere with England is much more relaxed now. There are more smiles around the camp these days. Mr Capello has changed, lots of things have changed. He is more approachable.
Citation de: gunner007Je suis toujours étonné de voir des joueurs de football en début de carrière, de moins de 25 ans parfois comme Théo, et qui n'ont rien réalisé de grandiose, sortir leur biographie. Quel intérêt ? De bons articles dans des revues spécialisés suffisent.
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