England squad return home after exit

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The humiliated England squad arrived back in the UK on Tuesday morning as the future of their manager Fabio Capello hung in the balance, following the squad's World Cup capitulation.

The players touched down at London's Heathrow airport at around 6.20am.

They will be expecting a hostile reception after the majority of the nation's press, pundits and football fans turned on them following their efforts in South Africa.

On Monday, the Italian manager claimed he wanted to stay at the helm despite the team's 4-1 second-round thrashing by Germany.

But he must wait two weeks to learn his fate.

Capello said a press conference on Monday in South Africa: "I spoke this morning with (Club England chairman) Sir Dave Richards and he told me that he needs two weeks to decide."

Asked whether he would like to stay in his role, he said: "Absolutely. I said I can be the manager of England for the next season, but it is for him (Richards) to decide.

"We spoke also about the players that can play for the next qualification and I know what I have to do."

Asked about the performance of his players, Capello said they were tired after their hectic Premier League season.

And he pointed to Frank Lampard's disallowed second goal, suggesting the outcome of Sunday's game might have been different if the referee had got the decision right.

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