The Football Association have moved to ensure that bugged conversations between England players and coaches remain confidential.
Discussions involving England manager Fabio Capello and the squad are understood to have been secretly taped ahead of the recent friendly against Egypt.
Although they have not officially commented, the FA's lawyers have contacted media organisations warning that publication of the contents of the recording would be illegal and a breach of the Data Protection Act and Press Complaints Commission rules.
The secret recording is yet another unwelcome issue for Capello to be faced with in the build-up to the World Cup after the England coach was forced to replace John Terry as captain following revelations about the Chelsea defender's private life.
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