Terry should lose England captaincy, top FA figures tell Capello
Published 03/02/2010 | 05:00
Many senior FA officials think John Terry should no longer be England captain -- and Fabio Capello has been told how they feel. One source said yesterday that if "dressing-room harmony" has been damaged by Terry's affair with Wayne Bridge's former partner, as is feared, then his position is untenable.
However, the final decision rests with Capello and he has expressed his approval that the matter is in his hands. The FA, despite its disquiet over Terry, is adamant that it is Capello's call, and they will back his decision. They say they will not try to influence him, regardless of the individual opinions of their members.
The manager, who is recovering from a knee operation, is planning to return to England tomorrow and is expected to meet Terry either later that evening or on Friday. Capello has made it clear that he will not rush into any decision -- he wants to gather all the facts. It is typical of Capello's style that he wants to hear Terry's version of events.
Terry is also understood to have been told by Capello, through the FA, not to speak in public about his future as England captain or what happened between him and Vanessa Perroncel. There had previously been a discussion as to whether Terry should release a statement.
Chelsea have offered Terry time off, and the opportunity to miss next week's FA Cup tie at home to Cardiff City, as he tries to repair his marriage and salvage his tattered reputation.
His wife Toni has flown to Dubai with their twin daughters to escape the furore. Chelsea have made clear that they will do whatever they can to support the player and the cup tie gives them the chance to leave him out of the squad.
If, by then, Terry is no longer England captain, a break may be advisable.
Terry spent yesterday preparing for last night's Premier League match at Hull but is understood to have received jokey text messages from other senior England players, saying they want him to remain as captain because they do not want their own private lives scrutinised.
The messages have encouraged Terry that there may be hope that he can hold on to the role when he meets Capello, although he knows they are not something he can rely upon, given the gallows humour and sense of self-preservation that exist in football dressing-rooms.
What is certain is that Capello wants the matter cleared up before he boards a plane for Warsaw on Saturday morning ahead of Sunday's Euro 2012 draw. (© Daily Telegraph, London)