David Bentley Explains How He Snuck McDonalds Into England Training

Fabio Capello is often regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time. His no-nonsense man-management style plus his tactical nuance has earned him 14 major titles, including seven Serie A titles and one Champions League trophy.

But not everyone appreciated his hard-boiled approach to coaching, especially some of the players he worked with.

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In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, the former Spurs and England midfielder has David Bentley has laid bare some of the trickery that the England camp got up to after Capello took up the reins in 2007.

"I had a friend who worked with me, so I called him up and told him to get a McDonald's in," Bentley said.

"The security guards used to hang by the back door and then they used to go for a walk. So when they were having a walk, my mate got the McDonald's past them in a Lucozade bottle bag - he just brought it in. I don't think anyone ever found out," he added.

David Bentley was going to be England's saviour, right? Image: PA Images
David Bentley was going to be England's saviour, right? Image: PA Images

Despite the foolery in the camp, during Capello's four-year dynasty with England, the side had relative success.

In the 2010 World Cup, they were knocked out in controversial fashion to Germany in their first knockout match of the tournament, however, they had a stellar year in 2011 under the now 71-year-old, going unbeaten all year and qualifying for the 2012 European Championships.

Things didn't work out for Capello with England, don't worry Fabio you weren't the first or last. Image: PA Images
Things didn't work out for Capello with England, don't worry Fabio you weren't the first or last. Image: PA Images

Indeed, Capello was a polarising figure during his tenure with England and even had to learn English when he undertook the role. But this meant that some of the players, including Bentley, took a few liberties with him...like calling him 'Postman Pat' to his face.

"He did look like Postman Pat. The thing is he didn't understand a word of English, so he had no idea what I was going on about. I would go 'alright Postman Pat' and he wouldn't have a clue, or I'd say 'yes Postman Pat' and he'd just carry on."

Capello is currently coaching Jiangsu Suning F.C. in the Chinese Super League. We're sure he has no problem with the language barrier over there.

Words by Jacque Talbot.

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