England boss Fabio Capello clears air with Rio Ferdinand

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Ferdinand relationship fantastic - Capello

Fabio Capello has made peace with Rio Ferdinand over his decision to strip the Manchester United defender of the England captaincy in March.

The England manager was criticised for reinstating John Terry as skipper for the Euro 2012 qualifier in Wales in the absence of the injured Ferdinand.

Capello and Ferdinand spoke earlier this week ahead of Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland.

On Friday, the Italian said: "We shook hands, the relationship is fantastic."

Capello admitted to making mistakes over the captaincy issue but insisted that Tuesday's meeting with Ferdinand had ended amicably.

"I told him what really happened when I decided to make the decision to give the armband to John Terry," stated Capello.

"He told me what he thought in this period. The relationship is perfect. We spoke personally and privately."

Terry, meanwhile, says there is no problem between himself and Ferdinand as they look to resume their partnership at the heart of Capello's defence.

"Things are not uncomfortable between us, not at all," said Terry. "Rio has got an awful lot to give in the dressing room anyway which he naturally will, like the other older players in the squad.

"We made contact before anything happened between ourselves. It stays private between us but it is all OK and very much similar to when I lost the armband to Rio.

"I made contact with him and he was fine. It was just about doing the right thing for our country.

"We are in a privileged position to play for our country, we've both experienced being captain which is the greatest honour of all. We fully support each other."

Capello has also vowed to learn from his previous mistakes by allowing his England players time to go on holiday before the Euro 2012 finals, should England qualify.

After the Premier League season finished on 22 May, many players went off for breaks and Capello believes this has refreshed their minds after a tough season.

"They returned happy and I needed to stop the training sometimes because they were too happy," he smiled.

"They were happy to be playing with the ball after one week away. They were playing like children!

"If we play the Euros they will go to holiday and after we will start preparations for the Euros.

"I learned a lot at the [2010] World Cup [in South Africa], I learned the players are rather tired at the end of the season and you don't need a lot of games before the first game of a tournament.

"I think being on holiday is good, they recover their focus, their mind energy. It is really important when you have to stay focused for a long time.

"They will have a minimum of 10 days or two weeks on holidays. I trust them to be good, why not?"

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