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Fabio Capello has demanded that the Capello Index be removed from the internet after insisting he had not seen or approved of the controversial rankings.

The rankings first appeared on Saturday morning, and were not kind to the England players after they were knocked out at the last 16 stage in a 4-1 defeat to Germany.

The Football Association released a statement to Press Association Sport on Saturday afternoon saying the rankings had not been approved, which read: "A spokesman from the FA said that the index ratings had not been seen or approved by Mr Capello, were published without his knowledge and that his representatives have taken immediate steps to have the material taken down."

Capello's demand came after the rankings sparked fresh controversy as England's players fared poorly in the system.

Perhaps unsurprisingly given their early exit, not a single England international appeared in the top 45 players from the tournament, while Steven Gerrard was the only member of the squad to be ranked in the top 100 performers of the group stages, coming in at a lowly number 65.

That left him behind five players England faced in Group C - Michael Bradley (ranked 12th), Tim Howard (22), and Landon Donovan (29) of the United States. Samir Handanovic (45) of Slovenia and Algeria's Rafik Halliche (52).

Also in the top 100 were Slovenia's Valter Birsa (84), the United States' Clint Dempsey (97) and Algeria's Antar Yahia (100).

Three England players were named in the top 100 up to the last 16, with Gerrard ranked at number 71, John Terry at 87, and Matthew Upson sneaking in at 100.

Under the complicated system used by the website, Gerrard did not have the highest overall mark within the England squad, but his average score of 60.99 was the highest among those to feature in all four matches. Jermain Defoe emerged with the highest average mark at 62.47, but only featured in two games.

Goalkeeper Robert Green got the lowest mark for the tournament with a score of 51.67, having only played in the opening match against the United States when his howling error gifted Dempsey a soft equaliser.

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