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Capello, England’s national coach, abruptly steps down

LONDON — Fabio Capello quit as England’s national team coach on Wednesday just four months before the European Championship, angry the Football Association removed John Terry as captain.

The Italian, whose contract was due to expire after Euro 2012, walked out on the job after four years during an hourlong meeting with FA chairman David Bernstein and general secretary Alex Horne at Wembley Stadium.

Bernstein publicly undermined Capello last week by not consulting him before taking the captain’s armband from Terry, who is facing a racism trial. Capello criticized the move on Italian television, insisting it was “absolutely” the wrong decision.

From wire dispatches and staff reports