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Chelsea standing by Terry

John Terry's off the pitch indiscretions appear to have divided two nations after he was stripped of the England captaincy by Fabio Capello.

The England manager relieved Terry of his duties following a week of furore over the defender's affair with former Chelsea team-mate Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel. Terry paid the price for his actions because Capello wants to keep Bridge involved in his England plans and that spelled the end for the Chelsea defender.

Capello delivered the news to Terry at a brief meeting inside Wembley Stadium yesterday after summoning the 29-year-old to a meeting to discuss the lurid headlines of the past week.

Capello hopes his actions are enough to persuade Bridge to remain within the England set-up but while one Italian stripped Terry of the captain's armband, fellow countryman Carlo Ancelotti was standing solidly behind him.

"If the private life of one player doesn't involve or impinge upon his professional life, I don't have a problem," said Ancelotti. "If John comes to the training ground but is not able to train because he's tired or nervous, I can be interested then.

"But he comes here and trains very well. He's always ready to train, always focused, always involved. He didn't kill anybody. Here, he will find a good place to stay.

"I think that he is able to leave his problems outside the training ground. For this, he has a very good behaviour. He's shown his character. He is a very strong character.

"I want to support John. We want to support John. It's not an easy moment for him, I think. But nothing else. I'm not interested in the private life of anybody.

"I train a club and Capello trains a national team. That could be different. To maintain the captain as John Terry at Chelsea is my decision."

Chelsea take on Arsenal at Stamford Bridge tomorrow looking to end Arsene Wenger's interest in the title race. Ancelotti believes the outcome could hinge on the attacking prowess of strikers Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba. "I'm happy to put them on the pitch together," he said.


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