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England Camp Unhappy with Texting

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 03: England manager Fabio Capello arrives at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus on June 3, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Michael Regan - Pool/The FA via Getty Images)
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Paul AustinCorrespondent IJune 6, 2010

England coach Fabio Capello has made it no secret in the past that he is not a fan of text messaging.

In October of last year, Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey incurred the wrath of Capello while on England duty after defying the Italian's strict protocol on the use of mobile phones in the team room. It seems that the lesson hasn't been learned by everyone as a new spate of text messaging has hit the England training camp.

According to a source from inside the camp, most of the text messages causing concern are being sent by people trying to negotiate or facilitate transfer deals amongst some of England's top players and the elite clubs in Europe.

Amongst those alleged to be communicating in this manner are former Liverpool teammates Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso.

Alonso, who left Liverpool last summer for Real Madrid, has been charged by his new manager, Jose Mourinho, with the task of trying to convince his former teammate, Gerrard, to join the Spanish Giants.

As part of the charm offensive Alonso recently told reporters that Gerrard is "a great player with tremendous quality," although now it appears that the charm offensive may have spilled over into the world of text messaging, much to the annoyance of the England camp.

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