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Liverpool sees red: blames Capello for Gerrard injury

sports Updated: Nov 18, 2010 11:08 IST
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England manager Fabio Capello was forced on to defensive after Steven Gerrard limped off injured as his side crashed to a 2-1 defeat against revitalised France.

Capello's management team were branded "amateurish," "incompetent" and a "disgrace" by furious Liverpool officials after Gerrard's injury capped a miserable night for England at Wembley.

Liverpool staff say Gerrard's injury -- sustained as he lunged for a tackle in the 84th minute -- should not have occurred because an agreement had been made before the match that the midfielder would only play 60 minutes.

Darren Burgess, Liverpool's head of fitness and conditioning launched a scathing attack on Capello and the Football Association about their handling of Gerrard on micro-blogging site Twitter.

"Unbelievable from all associated with England and English FA with regard to SG's injury. Completely ignored agreement and past history," Burgess ranted.

"Completely amateurish and now we pay for their incompetence. Absolutely disgraceful," he added.

Burgess's comments, which were later removed from Twitter, drew a defensive response from Capello, who said he had been forced to keep Gerrard on the pitch after an injury to Gareth Barry.

"We spoke with Steve and he said he would play one hour, but after Barry's injury we had some problems. That was the reason he stayed on the pitch," Capello said.

Capello also insisted England reserved the right to use Gerrard as they saw fit, saying Liverpool did not have any say over the player while he was on international duty.

"They can't decide how long a player plays with the national team. If it's possible, he'd have played an hour," Capello said.

"I understand why they're upset and I'm also upset. The problem is that, when you play this game on Wednesday after a lot of Premier League, Europa League or Champions League games, it's possible there might be an injury."

The furore was an unwelcome postscript to another disappointing night for Capello, who saw his makeshift team picked apart with ease by a France side who appear on the road to recovery after their World Cup debacle.