Robson raps Capello over Rio decision

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former Sheffield United manager Bryan Robson has admitted if he had been in Rio Ferdinand’s shoes he would have telephoned Fabio Capello to demand answers over why he had lost the England captaincy.

Robson captained his country on 63 occasions during his 90-cap career.

Dubbed ‘Captain Marvel’ by Sir Bobby Robson, the 54-year-old cannot imagine being stripped of the honour like Ferdinand, still less finding out through the media as Capello has been content for the Manchester United star to do.

“When you are a coach or a manager and you make big decisions, it is best to contact whoever has been disappointed and speak to them before it comes out in the media,” he said. “I would have been on the phone to the manager asking what is going on about me being dropped as captain.”

Robson, who was forced to have an operation to remove a cancerous tumour from his throat earlier this month, says he will now undergo five sessions of radiotherapy. But he looks healthy and feels confident of making a full recovery.

“I would like to thank all the fans for their well-wishes,” he said. “I am feeling fine in myself.

“The operation to take the tumour out was successful. All the specialists have been positive and said that I should make a 100% recovery.

“That is all I wanted to hear. I will get on with the treatment and try to be as positive as I can be.”

In the meantime, Robson is continuing his twin roles as Thailand boss and Manchester United ambassador.