Fabio Capello quits as the manager of England’s National Football squad. The shocking resignation comes days after defenseman John Terry was stripped of his captaincy from the national squad. Capello, who disagreed with the stripping of Terry’s captaincy, was the most successful English manager in terms of winning percentage in the national team’s history. This now leaves the Three Lions with no veteran captain and no manger with only 4 months until the Euro 2012. England, arguably a favorite, was drawn into Group D along with France, host country Ukraine, and Sweden. Many soccer fans and English enthusiasts believe Steven Gerrard to become the next captain and current Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp to become the next manager. There is much anticipation on team news and updates before England’s next international match on February 29 against Holland.
In other English football news, on Super Bowl Sunday, the Premier League witnessed a thrilling match between Manchester United and Chelsea that actually premiered in the United States on channel Fox. The lopsided match ultimately ended in a draw, with Man U coming back from a 3-0 deficit. Despite not having veterans John Terry and Didier Drogba, Chelsea seemed to have the game in the bag when they went up 3 nil. Thanks to the sensitive officiating, Man U’s Wayne Rooney scored two penalty goals that were complemented by a Javier Hernandez header. Chelsea fans must have been in shock. Man U is now ranked 2nd in the Premier League while Chelsea remains in 4th, both teams are still strong contenders as the season winds down; that is, if Chelsea’s Fernando Torres can score a goal. Check out the games highlights here.