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England trains amid reports of another rift

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[June 21, 2010]  RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) -- England held what could be its next-to-last World Cup training session Monday amid further reports of a rift within the squad.

InsuranceThe latest problems stem from fallout over comments by ex-captain John Terry that some players had a meeting to discuss grievances with team management. There were reports in the British media Monday that Terry's teammates told him to keep quiet.

Terry insisted at a news conference Sunday there was no unrest within the squad, but that was before his public comments.

Terry told reporters Sunday that the players would have a meeting with Capello to discuss what went wrong in the game against Algeria, one of England's worst World Cup performances.

But he also said that, after the game in Cape Town, some of the players talked over the match between themselves.


Although he did not reveal exactly what they said, various media reported they decided to tell Capello the team needed to play with a 4-5-1 instead of 4-4-2 formation, with Rooney up front on his own and Joe Cole added to the midfield.

The reports said the rest of the players were furious with Terry for revealing details of the meeting, which appeared to undermine Capello's running of the team.

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When the players had their training session Monday, two days ahead of the Slovenia game, there seemed no sign of discord during the 15-minute session the media were allowed to observe.

England needs to beat Slovenia at Port Elizabeth on Wednesday to guarantee staying in the competition after draws with the United States and Algeria. England players were booed by their own fans after the 0-0 draw against Algeria in Cape Town.

Because heavy rain has left the playing surface at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in poor condition, England and Slovenia may not be able to train on it Tuesday. England has asked FIFA if it can stay behind at its training camp in Rustenburg to hold its training session there and fly to Port Elizabeth later in the day.

[Associated Press; By ROBERT MILLWARD]

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