World Cup 2010: Fabio Capello gags England 'rebels' at team meeting - report

England manager Fabio Capello has blocked the proposed 'clear the air' talks planned by certain members of the squad, according to reports in the English press.

John Terry had revealed to reporters at the weekend that the idea of frank discussions had been mooted by a group of senior players following the woeful display against Algeria on Friday evening.

"I went to see (assistant manager) Franco Baldini after the game and said 'Flipping hell, let everyone have a beer. Let's just switch off'," Terry said.

"Usually everyone goes straight back to their room and stays there until the following morning. But for the first time since the manager took over he let us have a beer.

"We had one each, nothing more than that, and seven or eight of us sat there talking about the game. It was good to get things off our chest and express how we felt.

"We are in a meeting with the manager, whether he starts it or finishes it, the players can say how they feel and if it upsets him then I'm on the verge of just saying: 'you know what? so what? I'm here to win it for England'," he said.

"If we can't be honest with each other there is no point being here.

"It has worked in the past at Chelsea. We have a responsibility to ourselves, the manager and everyone else to voice an opinion and hope he takes it on board."

Terry also revealed that the players' absence from their families was beginning to take its psychological toll on the squad, with the team looking flat to say the least against the Algerians.

"I am away from my kids and it is hard," said Terry.

"But I don't want to go home. I am here to win it.

"I certainly felt there was a lack of passion.

"On paper we are a much better team than Algeria but there was no tackling, no-one winning headers, no-one winning second balls.

"It was not acceptable. You have to show a bit of aggression and a bit of fight.

"No player had that fire in their belly. I can assure everyone it is going to be there against Slovenia."

However, Capello has seemingly reasserted his authority by beginning a meeting to watch the DVD of Friday's game with the statement "Nobody speak".

Terry was also apparently dissuaded from speaking as he had planned by a member of Capello's coaching team, with no guarantees that the rest of the squad would fall in behind their skipper.

Reports also claim that Terry's outburst at a press conference at the weekend where he advocated a frank exchange of views with the manager, and claimed to be speaking on behalf of a number of players, made several of the squad feel highly uncomfortable.

Although keen to express their dissatisfaction, many apparently felt that the former captain had gone too far.

Capello at the moment, therefore, appears to have acted to reassert control over his squad and quashed an expression of 'player power'.

He did reportedly make some minor concessions though, with the England boss apparently prepared now to name his name well ahead of two hours before kick-off.

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