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Fabio’s mum follows son

Evelina Capello, mother of England team manager Fabio Capello, says she will be cheering for England when the World Cup begins, rather than her native Italy.

sports Updated: Jun 06, 2010 23:46 IST

Evelina Capello, mother of England team manager Fabio Capello, says she will be cheering for England when the World Cup begins, rather than her native Italy.

“This is a bit embarrassing and will not make me popular with a lot of Italians but I will support my son,” Evelina told Daily Telegraph. “I am worried that he will be criticised if England lose, so I will be praying for England to win.”

“I am looking forward to the World Cup,” Evelina said. “I am very proud of what he (Fabio) has achieved but he never talks to me about work,” she said.

“He was football-mad but he liked to go fishing too. It was hard for me when he left home at 15 but it was necessary for his career.”

Fabio began his role as the manager of the England national team in January 2008 after the dismissal of Steve McClaren and is the second non-English manager, the other being McClaren's predecessor, the Swede Sven-Göran Eriksson.

Fabio's triumphs have made Mrs Capello a feted figure in the town.

“People are always asking me about Fabio,” she says, “They come up to me in the street and kiss and hug me.” But she said Capello's role with the England team is causing much angst in the town. “I have seen how the men of this town in particular are suffering,” she said. “They fear Fabio could produce an England team that will beat Italy. They will be pleased for Fabio but distraught for Italy.”