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‘Svennis’ slams Capello following England draw

Former England manager Sven-Gorän Eriksson of Sweden has lashed out at current manager Fabio Capello of Italy for not treating his players like adults.

'Svennis' slams Capello following England draw

The comments come following England’s disappointing goalless draw in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley on Tuesday.

The Swede, now in charge of Championship club Leicester City, led England to two World Cup quarter-finals during his reign and was popular with the players because of his relaxed approach.

In contrast, the no-nonsense Capello has reportedly been known to ignore players when he walks past them. That hands-off style has so far failed to win over the squad and England crashed out of this year’s World Cup in the second round.

Eriksson, who skippered England from 2001 through the 2006 World Cup, is convinced Capello would get more from his players if the Italian adopted a laid-back approach.

“I always treated my players like men,” Eriksson told The Sun. “I would certainly never walk past a player in the corridor and not speak. Why should I do that? They have to play for you so of course I would speak to them.

“If you want them to do everything they can for you, then you have to treat them with respect.

“Yes, they should always know who is the boss – but they do know that. So treat them as grown-up people.

“The big question for me is – are the players happy? Because in my mind it is all about building the right relationship with your players and creating the right atmosphere.

“Is that the case with England? I don’t know. It is difficult for me to say yes or no because, to know for sure, you have to be close to the situation and I’m on the outside.

“But I believe it is so important that you trust your players and believe they will trust you.”

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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