Terry strife risks captaincy
JOHN Terry faces an anxious wait to discover if further damaging revelations regarding his private life will cost him the England captaincy.
The Chelsea defender suffered a very public setback yesterday when a high court judge overturned a super-injunction preventing the publication of allegations of an affair with a former girlfriend of Wayne Bridge, his one-time team-mate, who remains in the England squad.
The latest instalment of the Terry soap opera is particularly embarrassing because he and Bridge are likely to be reunited during the World Cup finals in South Africa this summer.
Bridge is said to be deeply unhappy at the revelations and this has now become an unwelcome problem for Fabio Capello, the England manager, who will weigh up the effects on his squad before deciding whether to stand by Terry.
Capello does not normally bow to outside pressure but was sufficiently concerned by his captain's conduct to issue a stern, private reminder of his responsibilities last month after allegations, denied by Terry, that he was paid £10,000 for offering a secret tour of Chelsea's training ground.
The Italian regards Terry as an inspirational figure in the dressing-room, but has concerns over his decision-making and the company he keeps off the pitch. Such matters are important to the Italian, who has repeatedly stated his belief that England players must act as good role models.
Terry (29) has never appeared to let his private concerns have a detrimental effect on his form, even during a series of humiliating headlines for his family. His father, Ted, was filmed in a tabloid sting allegedly arranging a Class A drug deal in November and his mother, Sue, was cautioned for shoplifting last May.
Capello's main concern will be the effect that Terry's alleged affair with Bridge's former girlfriend could have on his relationship with his team-mate, and any squad tension it breeds. (© The Times, London)
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