Wenger disappointed at Capello England exit

Arsene Wenger has spoken of his sadness over the resignation of Fabio Capello as England manager and admits he has some sympathy for the Italian, Sky Sports reports.

The Arsenal manager has defended Capello’s stance over John Terry’s dismissal as captain and insisted that the Italian should have had the final say over the decision. Capello resigned on Wednesday night after a meeting with the Football Association chairman David Bernstein and Wenger hopes that England find a good successor.

Wenger said: ‘When the decision came out from the FA, I said that the choice of captain is down to the manager. You pick your team, you choose your captain. I did not expect such an extreme situation, but it looks like there was already some turbulence there and that was just the final straw. I am sad that Capello leaves four months before such an important competition, it is a big blow for England and I am sad for him’.

Whilst discussing the England job, Wenger ruled himself out of the job by suggesting the FA should look for an English manager. Wenger said: ‘I have always been straight – not because I think an English manager can do a better job than any foreign guy, just because you represent your country and it is better if the manager is from there, especially in a big football country like England.’

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