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Capello admits to Walcott mistake

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When Theo Walcott was omitted from Fabio Capello's world cup squad last summer more than a few eyebrows were raised.

This caused all manor of debates among England fans and sent the media into a frenzy, the likes or which we had not seen regarding a player omission from a finals squad since Glenn Hoddle left Gazza out of the France '98 one.

Fabio Capello has now admitted that he 'made a mistake' by deciding to leave the Arsenal man behind: 'he is playing how I remember when he started to play with us. It was a tough decision leaving Theo out for the World Cup.

'He is one of the players after the World Cup I thought about a lot. I made a mistake not selecting him.

'He is one of the players who can make the difference. I should have taken him.'

The benefit of hindsight is such a wonderful thing is it not?

Although the thing with hindsight is that using his does little to alter what was, you can, or at least should, learn from this.

As it happens, speaking for myself personally - and this is nothing against Walcott at all - I still see why Capello did leave the guy out, and all in all think that he was probably right in doing so.

There was, and at times still is, a lack of consistency from him - especially at international level - although he seems to be finding this more often now.

So, 'perhaps' being left out of the world cup squad had the desired effect with Arsenal, and hopefully England, now benefiting more consistently as a result...

As featured on Vital England (feel free to leave comments here and there, using your same vital logins on each).

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Date:Saturday January 29 2011

Time: 12:48PM

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Capello admits he made mistakes? I would've thought that Englands performances wouldn't have needed any such declaration - he has always appeared to be among the most conservative and unimaginative of coaches. He was right not to take Walcott though. Not from the perspective of what he might or might not have been able to do for England but certainly in allowing Arsenal to benefit from a rested player with a positive pre-season preparation. In the end that's far more important for Walcotts career than the false glory of an international carnival.
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29/01/2011 13:28:00

I think that's what we all were saying; even people who didn't like Theo as a player thought he should've been selected. He has become one of the first names on the team sheet in recent weeks but he has always been a great impact player from the bench, one which any squad could benefit from.
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29/01/2011 13:42:00

In other news, the sky is blue and Emmanuel Adebayor is a ****.
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29/01/2011 13:56:00

Interestingly he speaks about Wilshere as well. He said Wilshere isn't of the level of Andrea Pirlo because he does not specialize in long raking balls. Wtf?? Wilshere's long ball is almost always perfect. Example, the Bendtner goal against Ipswich. I don't know if Capello does actually watch Arsenal games. If he did, then he would know what a wonderful long ball Wilshere can play.
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29/01/2011 14:41:00

im not complaining.. He would have most probably come back crocked.
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29/01/2011 19:00:00

No one is complaining, Mr. Capello. Just don't do that again, okay.
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29/01/2011 22:53:00

Walcott simply wasn't up to speed when selection time came around. In fact, he'd had a poor season and was being criticised. It's too easy now to turn around and say he should have been taken because he's having a decent run of form. Managers make the best decisions they can with the information they have at their disposal; and the recieved wisdom at the time was that Walcott was lacking and needed to be left behind to improve. That still holds true today even with benefit of hindsight. Would he go now? Yes. But then and now are two very different things.
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