Capello: Roo only understands Scottish

Fabio Capello (left) has joked that Wayne Rooney (right) can only understand the Scottish accent of Sir Alex Ferguson

Fabio Capello (left) has joked that Wayne Rooney (right) can only understand the Scottish accent of Sir Alex Ferguson

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Fabio Capello has repeated his jibe that Wayne Rooney does not understand English.

The former England boss has apparently been irritated by Rooney's recent claims that some of his tactical ideas "got lost in translation". Capello had already bitten on the subject once and now, in the wake of England's Euro 2012 demise and Rooney's poor performances, the Italian has launched another salvo.

"After seeing the latest game, I think Rooney only understands Scottish," Capello told Italian radio. "That's because he only plays well in Manchester, where Sir Alex Ferguson speaks Scottish."

Questions have been asked about Rooney's failure to reproduce his top form in major tournaments. It is a fact that the 26-year-old has never come close to making the same impact he managed as a teenager at Euro 2004.

However, England's problems go much deeper.

An obvious failing in retaining possession was evident throughout England's time at the Euros. And, whilst manager Roy Hodgson does not seem too concerned, captain Steven Gerrard admitted it was a problem that needed to be solved.

Others feel the amount of rest England's top players get is a factor and once again there have been calls for a winter break.

Senior football figures, including Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Sven-Goran Eriksson, have been arguing for a mid-season halt to the English season for some time now.

Medical experts have previously added their voice to the calls, believing a break would reduce the number of serious injuries in the latter half of the season.

All four Euro 2012 semi-finalists enjoy a winter break but the huge competing interests in England have made it impossible.

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