Not many people really thought England were likely to win at Euro 2012. With all the scandals, suspensions and disharmony in the squad, there were many obstacles to a successful tournament for the English.
Capello's resignation comes after the Italian manager openly voiced his opposition to the FA's decision to supersede his authority and remove John Terry as captain of the England national team.
Many have debated whether Capello or the FA were in the right on this issue, with big names like Sir Alex Ferguson coming out in support of England's manager.
But now the debate is inconsequential, as a meeting between Capello and the FA failed to resolve the differences between the two sides, and now England's national team is on the hunt for a new manager to guide the team to success in this summer's competition.
Why does Capello's firing matter so much for England's chances at Euro 2012? Read on to find out.