Shamed Terry ready to resign England captaincy
John Terry's reign as England captain looked to be coming to an end last night as it emerged that he is considering resigning his position when he speaks to Fabio Capello on Friday.
Sources close to the Chelsea defender said he was mulling over whether he should quit, following the revelations that he had an affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the ex-fiancee of his England team-mate Wayne Bridge.
His initial reaction was to dig his heels in and wait for Capello's decision but his stance has softened and he could step down when he meets his international manager at the end of the week.
Capello has assured his bosses at the FA that he will make a decision by the end of the week, at the very latest after the Euro 2012 draw in Warsaw, which he is due to attend on Sunday. Terry has spoken to Capello's general manager Franco Baldini, who is gathering information on behalf of the England manager.
Given the strength of public feeling against Terry -- a married father of two -- in England, and the possibility of more damning revelations about his private life, he is thought to regard the possibility of resignation as a means of taking the sting out of the saga. It could well be that Capello wishes to sack Terry himself.
Having come under more pressure yesterday to act, the FA finally broke its silence yesterday and released a statement, saying: "Fabio Capello alone will make the decision about John Terry's position".
This was intended to convey the organisation's deference to Capello on all football matters, although it also underlined that there is a real quandary over Terry's future.
The FA have not been helped by Capello's schedule in Switzerland, which has prevented him from returning to London. Capello has had surgery on his knee and is not able to return earlier than Thursday.
Capello spoke to senior FA figures yesterday morning. They told him they will back him in whatever decision he chooses to make. Capello told them that he understood that a decision needed to be made by the end of the week.
A source close to Capello said: "Fabio likes Terry as a player and a skipper because his attitude has been perfect. Fabio is not the kind of person who feels under pressure -- he is used to being under pressure all the time. In the end he will take the right decision from the football point of view."
Should Capello decide that Terry cannot go on, then he will not make an immediate decision on a new captain. He would give himself time to think and then make an announcement in the build-up to England's next game, against Egypt on March 3. Although Steven Gerrard is the bookmakers' favourite, Wayne Rooney is a more likely nominee.
When Terry was appointed, Capello stressed that his captain needed a "big personality"to go with the job and it is understood that he sees more of that quality in Rooney than in either Gerrard or Rio Ferdinand, both of whom have been suffering from injury problems of late.
Terry, who is due to play for Chelsea against Hull tonight, will not have been encouraged by new paparazzi pictures of Perroncel yesterday which suggested that she is enjoying her time in the limelight and is likely to exploit her situation with the help of publicist Max Clifford. (© Independent News Service)