Terry to win back armband
Published 15/03/2011 | 05:00
Fabio Capello will travel to Manchester today, where he is expected to inform Rio Ferdinand that he is re-instating John Terry as the England captain on a permanent basis.
The extraordinary move will infuriate Ferdinand although it's understood he will back away from suggestions that he might quit international football.
However, the defender feels he has been seriously let down by the way in which the England manager has handled the captaincy issue over the past few days.
Damagingly, Ferdinand also believes that he has been misled having sought assurances over the weekend as to his position when reports first emerged that Capello was thinking or turning back to Terry. One source said the player had been treated with a "lack of respect".
England sources last night insisted that Capello had yet to state his "true intention" and it is not impossible that he will perform another U-turn today. But it appears that he has decided to restore Terry, even though he accepts it amounts to an extraordinary change of heart after declaring that the Chelsea defender would never captain England again under him.
Ferdinand will demand a clear explanation from Capello when the pair meet before United's Champions League tie at home to Marseille and will want to know what he has done wrong to have the captaincy taken away from him. After that, the 32-year-old will assess his own future although it is extremely unlikely he will turn his back on England.
Capello will risk creating a rift in the England camp by handing the armband back to Terry, who was stripped of the honour a year ago over allegations surrounding his private life.