England stars thought Fabio Capello was a "d***head" after a dressing room incident with David Beckham, according to teammate Ben Foster.
The then-Three Lions goalkeeper said he watched on as Becks was playing two-touch football to warm up.
It came as England prepared to play at Wembley under the Italian's hard-line regime between 2008 to 2012.
But Capello was having none of it and marched over to England's legendary ex-captain to take the ball off him.
Foster told his Fozcast podcast: "It wasn't a particularly happy place. He was a very strict manager.
"I've got a few stories, 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.
"It was before the warm-up. You normally get into the changing room about an hour and a half before kick-off, you go out for warm-up about 40 minutes before kick-off.
"You've got another 45 minutes before where you're getting your kit on, getting a rub, doing some stretching.
"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. 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*******'. Why'd you bother doing that?"'
England play Hungary on Tuesday night in a World Cup qualifier.
They go into the game at the top of Group D with 17 points, four clear of Albania in second and five clear of Poland in third.
It comes just weeks after England's fiery clash with Hungary in Budapest, during which the away side's players were racially abused by the fans.
Gareth Southgate's side ran out 4-0 winners with goals from Raheem Sterling, Harry Maguire, Harry Kane and Declan Rice.
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