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On this day in 2012: Fabio Capello resigns as England manager in shock move

Fabio Capello’s reign as England manager came to an end with his resignation on 8 February 2012.

The Football Association’s decision to go over Capello’s head and strip John Terry of the captaincy led to the Italian leaving his £6m-a-year job.

The announcement came following a meeting between FA chiefs and Capello at Wembley Stadium.

The shock resignation ended Capello’s four years in charge of England (Steve Parsons/PA)

A statement from the FA read: “The Football Association can confirm that Fabio Capello has today resigned as England manager.

“This follows a meeting involving FA Chairman David Bernstein, FA General Secretary Alex Horne and Fabio Capello at Wembley Stadium.

“Discussions focused on the FA board’s decision to strip John Terry of England captaincy, and Fabio Capello’s response through an interview broadcast in Italy.

“In a meeting lasting over an hour, Fabio’s resignation was accepted and he will step down as England manager with immediate effect.”

Capello had told Italian television that he ‘absolutely’ disagreed with the action against Terry and that it put him on a collision course with the FA.

Bernstein said: “I would like to point out that in today’s game and throughout his tenure as England manager, Fabio has behaved extremely professionally.

England manager Fabio Capello (left) talks to John Terry
Capello (left) had told Italian TV he ‘absolutely’ disagreed with the action against Terry (Owen Humphreys/PA)

“We have accepted Fabio’s resignation, agreeing that it is the right decision. We would like to thank Fabio for his work with the England team and wish him every success in the future.

The shock resignation ended Capello’s four years in charge of England – he was due to step down after this summer’s European Championship.

Roy Hodgson was later named manager of the Three Lions.