Milner backs Capello over JT verdict

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James Milner insists Fabio Capello retains the full confidence of the entire England dressing room.

Capello’s judgement has been called into question over his handling of the John Terry captaincy saga.

In particular, he has been criticised for failing to notify axed skipper Rio Ferdinand of his intentions before they emerged into the public domain.

It was even suggested the Italian had caused a split in his own squad between those who wanted Terry back as their leader and others who did not.

However, Milner is adamant no such schism exists and that the Three Lions camp is firmly behind Capello.

“Absolutely,” said the Manchester City midfielder.

“The manager makes his decisions. We stand behind him, push on and improve.

“Everyone is happy for John Terry. It is disappointing for Rio but he is a top player and a great person to have in the squad. That is the unanimous feeling in the squad.”

It did not take long for Milner to outline the qualities that make Terry such a central figure within the England camp.

“Every week in the Premier League, and for England, John Terry has shown his qualities,” said Milner.

“He puts his head in where a lot of people wouldn’t. He puts his foot in and wins tackles.

“He leads on the pitch but also off it. That is the biggest thing.”

England need to be united on Saturday given they cannot expect to receive a welcoming reception in Cardiff when they head down the M4 on Friday, ahead of a game when only victory will be enough to sweep them back to the head of Group G halfway through the qualification programme.

Clearly, Gareth Bale is one of the men England will have to watch.

But Milner knows more about Wales’ other danger man, Craig Bellamy, whom he shared a dressing with at Newcastle.

“I am sure he will just be his normal, quiet self,” laughed the Manchester City star.

“He is a great professional, who works very hard.

“He has a lot of ability and will be a real handful on Saturday.

“No-one will be more desperate to win the game than him. It is down to us to match that desire and workrate. Then hopefully we will come out on top.”