World Cup 2010: Fabio Capello brands John Terry's public criticisms of England as a 'very big mistake'

Italian responds to former skipper's criticism...
After John Terry's comments on Sunday hinting at unrest in the England camp, Three Lions boss Fabio Capello hit back at his former captain, branding his comments "a very big mistake".

Terry had claimed that the players needed to get issues off their chests, and that the team lack "fight and desire" but Capello revealed on Monday that the meeting came and went without any players voicing their concerns.

"No-one spoke to me about any problems," the Italian told ITV. "My door is open always. If a player wants to speak with me, he can speak with me.

"At every meeting I ask the captain, 'any problems, do you want to say something'? Nothing. Then I read that John Terry had said this. I don't understand why he didn't speak with me.

"When you speak, you have to speak privately, not to the media. That is a mistake, a very big mistake."

The under-fire Italian admitted a handful of his players are upset, but insisted he was looking at the bigger picture.

"Probably one or two are not happy, but the majority are," Capello told the BBC.

"One player is not so important compared to all the others. The group is more important. For this reason it is no problem.

"We are here to play at the World Cup, not for a holiday."

Terry also used his conference on Sunday to make a plea for Joe Cole to make a start against Slovenia on Wednesday, claiming only he and Wayne Rooney had the ability to dictate games. Capello refused to be drawn into the debate.

"Joe Cole is one of 23 players who are here, but, when we speak about one single player, you have to respect the other players that played before," he said.

"That's the most important thing, the respect of the other players."

England need all three points against the Eastern Europeans and Capello admitted it was a do-or-die clash.

"After this game we have no more chances. We have to win," he added. "The results have not been good, but I haven't seen the right spirit on the pitch for 90 minutes, only for five or six minutes. I hope in the next game the spirit I saw in qualification will return.

"It is a mental thing. When you are under pressure, big pressure, sometimes the legs do not work normally. It happened to me as a player, but I think on Wednesday the team will be fit."

The Italian denied he was feeling the pressure after two disappointing Group C draws - against the USA and Algeria.

"I am strong enough to deal with it," he added. "It is no problem for me. I work hard and I prepare everything. That is important."

He added: "Every morning I look in the mirror and ask whether I have worked and whether I have studied everything. Yes I have.

"For this reason I will accept the criticism and everything. I don't know what the result will be but I do know the result is the most important thing."

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