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Capello demands managers' respect

Andorra v England Venue: Olympic Stadium, Barcelona Date: Saturday, 6 September Kick-off: 1900 BST Coverage: Live on Setanta Sports 1 and BBC Radio 5 Live on AM, digital and via the BBC Sport website

Fabio Capello
The pressure is on Capello to get England to the 2010 World Cup finals

England boss Fabio Capello has demanded respect from the country's top club managers ahead of Saturday's opening World Cup qualifier with Andorra.

The Italian refuses to give opinions about the club games he watches and wants other bosses to follow suit in terms of the national side.

"I'm the England manager and the other managers have to respect me," he said.

"They support me enough but I would prefer it if they didn't comment on England's performances."

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp was one high-profile manager who was critical as a television pundit after England's 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic at Wembley in August.

But Capello insists he would prefer it if top coaches kept their opinions to themselves regarding his side's performances.

"As the president of the England League Managers' Association, I feel there should be respect both ways," added Capello.

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"Was I surprised of the strength of Harry Redknapp's criticism? I think, sometimes, it's okay. Sometimes it's not okay.

"It depends on the opinion everyone has about football. But I never speak about other teams."

Capello also made it clear he only wants players in his squad who are fully committed to England.

His comments came after former England defender Jamie Carragher said he hurt more when on the losing side with Liverpool than his country.

Italian Capello stated: "I remember my country and in other countries I've managed, like Spain also, that all the players like to play with their national team.

"My message is, if you don't have the heart for the national team 'stay at home'.

"The players here have the heart for the national team. The players here have to sacrifice something to be proud to be here. That's very important. They have to be proud to be here.

"We are now into competitive matches and now we need to play hard, to play for the England shirt, and that's very important but we also have to play for the result."

see also
Andorra v England
05 Sep 08 |  Internationals
Capello leaves door open for Owen
05 Sep 08 |  Internationals
Defoe feels weight of expectation
03 Sep 08 |  Internationals
Pick your England XI
31 Aug 07 |  Internationals
Bullard called into England squad
31 Aug 08 |  Internationals
Hargreaves to miss England games
29 Aug 08 |  Internationals
Gerrard misses England qualifiers
28 Aug 08 |  Liverpool
Terry expects England improvement
21 Aug 08 |  Internationals
Terry appointed England captain
19 Aug 08 |  Internationals
England 2-2 Czech Rep
18 Aug 08 |  Internationals
McClaren appeals to England fans
29 Mar 07 |  Internationals
Andorra 0-3 England
28 Mar 07 |  Internationals

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