Newly reinstalled England captain John Terry has claimed the furore surrounding his World Cup press conference and a possible rebellion against Fabio Capello was caused by him being “mistranslated”.
The English-speaking England skipper, who gave the press conference in English to the assembled English media at Rustenburg, made the suggestion at his latest press conference today ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales.
Overcoming the language barrier, he said: “I just wanted to win at the World Cup and there was no disrespect to him [Capello]… I think maybe it just got mistranslated or, you know, people took it the wrong way and felt that I was trying to be a captain when I wasn’t.”
At the time, Terry had suggested he would confront Capello over the lack of booze and WAGs at England’s World Cup training base.
He said at the time: “If it upsets him [Capello] then I’m on the verge of just saying, ‘You know what? So what, I’m here to win it for England’.”
Ah, the subtleties of language.