Fabio Capello Resigns As England National Team Manager

Fabio Capello manager of England gestures during the international friendly match between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Capello resigned as England manager on February 8, 2012. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Fabio Capello has resigned his position as England manager, effective immediately, The FA confirmed on Wednesday.

The FA have confirmed Wednesday night that Fabio Capello has resigned as manager of the England national team. Capello expressed, very explicitly, the decision by The FA to strip John Terry of the captaincy while his trial for racial harassment was pending. Capello was not consulted about the decision to remove Terry from the captaincy. Capello and The FA had a meeting about the issue on Wednesday, after which Capello resigned and his resignation was accepted.

Said FA Chairman David Bernstein:

"I would like to stress that during today's meeting and throughout his time as England Manager, Fabio has conducted himself in an extremely professional manner. We have accepted Fabio's resignation, agreeing this 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."

England plays in the Euro 2012 championships in June, and will be keen to appoint a permanent manager shortly. No announcement has been made yet about a caretaker manager.

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