Former England boss Fabio Capello has described scoring against the Three Lions – and getting one over the English tabloid press – as the best moment of his Italy career.
Capello, who was in charge of the England team from 2009 to 2012, grabbed the only goal in a November 1973 friendly as the Azzurri secured a first ever away win over England, dampening the national mood on the day Princess Anne had married Army lieutenant Mark Phillips.
The 69-year-old was asked by Spanish sports newspaper AS what the highlight of his national team days was, and he said: “The goal I scored against England at Wembley in November 1973, the first time Italy beat England at home.
“It was a historic day for Italians. An English princess had got married and all the tabloids had on the front page: ‘20,000 Italian waiters came to see the game.’ They were looking down their noses at us. I dedicated that goal to all those waiters.
“We’d beaten them for the first time in history in Turin that June, and I also scored. Those are great memories.”
Capello led England at the 2010 World Cup, where they suffered a last-16 defeat to Germany.
He had been set to be in charge for Euro 2012 as well but quit over the Football Association’s decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy over his on-field row with Anton Ferdinand in 2011.
Terry was handed a four-match ban and fined £220,000 in September 2012 for racially abusing Ferdinand.
Capello, who also coached Real Madrid in the 2006-07 season, says he was not approached by club president Florentino Perez for the job when the club opted to sack Rafael Benitez last month. Real Madrid’s B team coach Zinedine Zidane – who played for the club with great distinction – was given the job.
“I’m retired now. And Florentino doesn’t like going back to things that were in place under a different president,” Capello said.
“He wants to be the person who makes signings, he wants to make the decisions and he has introduced new concepts. He doesn’t like anything that has to do with the past. He likes to be the one who has made things happen.
“Zidane has to be given time. The players will believe in you until you get things wrong. They evaluate you every day.”