The Capello Index Revealed…briefly

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Fabio CapelloYou might remember just before the World Cup, England manager Fabio Capello unveiled his plan for the Capello Index, ranking the players at the World Cup out of 100, the operation was quickly pulled for fears it would undermine the England squad during the World Cup.

It seems Fabio Capello was marking the players anyway, as it surfaced this morning, Capello’s rankings of the England squad from best (Defoe), to worst (Rob Green). John Terry was ranked as England’s second best player, despite an awful performance against Germany.

However – Capello has demanded this afternoon, hours after it had appeared online, that it was published, by the FA who wanted rid of it in the first place, without his permission and wanted it taken down. Talk about mixed messages. So quickly click below before Fabio cuffs us and forces it down himself.
England Squad’s average mark :

  • Robert Green 51.67
  • David James 59.28
  • Glen Johnson 57.18
  • John Terry 60.48
  • Ledley King 57.50
  • Jamie Carragher 59.04
  • Matthew Upson 60.21
  • Ashley Cole 59.58
  • Aaron Lennon 57.64
  • Frank Lampard 58.58
  • Steven Gerrard 60.98
  • James Milner 59.40
  • Gareth Barry 57.50
  • Shaun Wright-Phillips 61.09
  • Joe Cole 55.45
  • Wayne Rooney 58.87
  • Emile Heskey 60.15
  • Jermain Defoe 62.47
Some interesting stuff in there, mostly the general low rankings. If we assume that its like Football Manager and a 10 is a hat trick hero, and a 2 is a keeper who has conceded six goals (albeit with added 0’s), this England team was pretty average. Which is largely accurate.

But just the nature of the Index, and the thing about it going up without Fabio Capello’s word and things is arguably more interesting. What the hell is going on? Communication clearly is not that great between the FA and the England manager.


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