Today In History: Fabio Capello Resigns As England Manager Over Captaincy Row

On February 8, 2012, Fabio Capello stepped down as England manager after the FA decided to strip John Terry of the captaincy without consulting him.

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Today In History: Fabio Capello Resigns As England Manager Over Captaincy Row

It brought an end to Capello's four-year spell in charge of the Three Lions and the decision came just four months to the start of the 2012 European Championships.

Chelsea defender Terry was stood down as investigations continued over his alleged racist abuse of Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.

The former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Juventus manager disagreed with 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.”

Capello was replaced by Roy Hodgson for EURO 2012, which ended in a quarterfinal elimination.