By Martin Samuel, September 2, 2010
As his England squad fell slowly apart, and the list of absentees detained by untimely injury or minor surgical procedure grew, Fabio Capello must have hoped he was simply another victim of bad luck.
Heaven knows, England managers have endured enough of it before crucial games in the past. We all recall the catch in Steve McClaren's voice the day he was informed that a freak injury would keep Wayne Rooney out of the final European Championship qualifier against Croatia. McClaren had terrible misfortune as England manager: his teams were greatly depleted in every major match he played.