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Capello - Players must show respect

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Capello demands respect from players
  • England coach Fabio Capello has been speaking exclusively to CNN's World Sport
  • Strict disciplinarian Capello stressed he demands respect from players at all times
  • England's World Cup preparations have been hit by a series of player scandals

(CNN) -- In an exclusive interview with CNN, England national coach Fabio Capello has again stressed that he demands respect from his players at all times.

The Italian is known as a strict disciplinarian and, speaking to CNN World Sport's Pedro Pinto, he confirmed that he requires the highest possible standards of behavior from all his squad.

"When I met the players for the first time, I told them that they had to respect all the people who worked with in and around the squad, the coaching staff and their fellow-professionals," said Capello.

"I demand that respect in everything the players do. Whether they are training, eating, working, on the team bus, I always demand that respect from the players.

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"For instance, I set a timetable and I expect players to adhere to it strictly. I do not understand why a group of say 25 to 26 people must wait for one or two people who are late, to join us.

"The other thing is that nowadays children look to these players as an example and players have to be aware that everything they do wrong in their personal life sets a bad example for children.

England's preparations for this summer's World Cup finals have been hit by a succession of scandals involving some of his players, with John Terry being stripped of the captaincy after tabloid allegations of an affair with the former partner of England teammate Wayne Bridge.

It is a situation that Capello finds frustrating.

"I prefer a normal life talking about football and not going into my personal life. We have a friendly match against Egypt next week and I know the press conferences before the game will be all about John Terry, Wayne Bridge and other things around their private life, when it should be about football.