Rooney only understands Scottish: Capello

Updated: Jun 27, 2012, 09:00 AM IST

London: Fabio Capello has hit back at Wayne Rooney`s "lost in translation" jibe, slamming the striker`s performance in England`s Euro 2012 quarter-final defeat by Italy.

The Manchester United forward angered the Italian by claiming that players found it easier to adapt to Roy Hodgson`s methods because there were no longer any communication problems.

However, following Rooney`s poor showing against the Azzurri in Kiev, Capello has suggested that the 26-year-old can only take tactical instructions from Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

"After watching the last game, I think that Rooney only understands Scottish," the 66-year-old was quoted as saying by a leading daily.

Despite his country`s victory, the 66-year-old went on to voice concern over the Italians` lack of cutting-edge ahead of their semi-final clash with Germany.

"Italy played a great match against England, but the Azzurri have a problem: they need a great striker that can finish the huge amount of chances they are making," the Champions League winner lamented.

"However, I think it`s right that Prandelli will continue with [Mario] Balotelli and [Antonio] Cassano up front against the Germans."

But Capello is confident that the Azzurri`s forwards will eventually come good, especially if those behind them continue to create openings.

"[Andrea] Pirlo it`s the best midfielder in the world along with [Daniele] De Rossi," the former AC Milan coach enthused.

"But I hope that [Giorgio] Chiellini will come back into the defence against Germany; he`s so important for Italy."

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