Beckham incident in England dressing room made team think manager was "d***head"

Ben Foster has lifted the lid on an incident involving David Beckham which led England players to view Fabio Capello as a 'd***head'.

Capello, who spent four years in charge of England between 2007 and 2012, was notorious for his stiflingly strict regimes.

In the past few years, the Italian has received much backlash from many of his former England players as they have spoken out on their negative experiences during his tenure.

The Italian oversaw The Three Lions’ dismal 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa and helped England qualify for Euro 2012 before resigning following showdown talks after the FA decided to strip John Terry of his captaincy.

More controversy has now emerged with former England stopper Foster opening-up on another occasion where his fellow teammates became frustrated with the Italian’s antics.

Speaking on his podcast, Foster revealed that England players weren’t happy under Capello, citing one particular anecdote involving the legendary Beckham in the Wembley changing room before a match.

"It wasn't a particularly happy place. He was a very strict manager,” declared the 38-year-old Watford keeper on Fozcast – The Ben Foster Podcast.

"I've got a few stories (about Capello), but here's one. David Beckham was in the England squad at the time and we were playing at Wembley… I can't remember the game.

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"In the Wembley changing rooms there's space everywhere, there's space to burn.

"Becks was in there playing two-touch with someone, I don't remember who. He was doing this two-touch and keeping it up, and Capello just bowled in, he always had a cob on basically, a moody face.

“He walked straight in the middle of these two players, took the ball and just walked off with it.”

Foster then spoke of the England players’ disapproval following the episode which further damaged Capello’s status and level of respect.

"It was as if to say 'this is the changing rooms. Stop d***ing about.'

"Everyone was watching it thinking 'this is David Beckham! He's just nicked the ball off David Beckham!’

"I understand being strict, but that makes everyone look at you and think 'what a d**khead. Why'd you bother doing that?'"

Following his controversial England departure, Capello managed the Russian national team between 2012 and 2015, overseeing their doomed 2014 World Cup campaign which saw them crash out at the group stage.

In his final job as manager, the Italian lasted less than a year during an ill-fated stint in charge on Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning before announcing his retirement in 2018.

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