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Capello hits out at player 'theft'

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Capello hits out at player 'theft' (©GettyImages)
Capello hits out at player 'theft' (©GettyImages).

Fabio Capello has questioned Germany's use of players with Turkish origin at last summer's World Cup and called upon football's rulers to end the "theft of talent" that goes on between teams.

England's 4-1 defeat to the Germans in Bloemfontein remains a major stain on his otherwise impressive managerial CV. The Three Lions were completely undone by a squad that contained 11 players who had an opportunity to represent another country, including star man Mesut Ozil, plus Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, who both scored in the rout.

"A line needs to be drawn," Capello said, in comments reported at the Dubai International Sports Conference. "Richer clubs are talent-scouting and stealing players by bidding higher and not thinking about the consequences for those countries."

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