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Capello insists the England players wanted “Calamity” in goal

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Former England manager Fabio Capello insists he gave the players the choice of Joe Hart or David James in goal, they picked “Calamity.”

Cast your mind back to the 2010 World Cup. Fabio Capello’s opening game with England saw the three lions draw 1-1 with the USA. This came after a disastrous error from Rob Green in goal.

Capello knew he had to make a change for the next game. He had a young and inexperienced Joe Hart and David James whose nickname was “Calamity” for obvious reasons.

In an interview with The Guardian, the Italian tactician admits he handed the decision to the players.

He said:

“You can’t say anything. Everyone makes mistakes. “

“He made one, so I changed. I put in Calamity James.”

“I had Green and I had Hart, just a kid.”

“I asked the players. Hart or Calamity?”

” ‘Calamity.’ I put Calamity in because of the players’ trust.”

“John Terry and the defenders had more faith in James. Hart had played only once.”

James did well for the first two games, not conceding a single goal.

That proved rather irrelevant after conceding four in the round of 16 games against Germany which saw the Three Lions eliminated.

Check out the highlights of the game that cost James and Capello their England careers.