Fabio Capello has stripped John Terry of the England captaincy after allegations that he had an affair with an Wayne Bridge’s ex-girlfriend.

Capello flew in to England yesterday and met with Terry at Wembley on Friday. It’s understood that he wanted to draw a line under the matter before leaving for the Euro 2012 draw on Saturday.

The Italian has been kept in touch with developments by the England general manager Franco Baldini who has been the link between Capello and the FA hierarchy. They agreed that Capello alone would make the decision about Terry’s future and that the priority was to make the right decision rather than a quick one.

In a statement, Capello said:

terry sacked as england captain After much thought I have made the decision that it will be best for me to take the captaincy.

As a captain with the team, John Terry has displayed extremely positive behavior.

However, I have to take into account other considerations and what is best for all of the England squad.

What is best for all of the England team has inspired my choice. John Terry was notified first.

When I chose John Terry as captain, I also selected a vice-captain (Rio Ferdinand) and also named a third choice. There is no reason to change this decision.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank The FA, particularly Lord David Triesman and Ian Watmore for allowing me to make this decision in my own time and in the best interest of the team.

Terry said he fully respected Capello’s decision to demote him, adding he would still “give everything for England”.

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  1. says: VB

    Good. Capello did a great job of not beating around the bush and getting this done in a very quick fashion. I think they should go with Gerrard (although I doubt it with the fist fight he recently had) or Lampard. But my first choice would definitely be Becks. =)

  2. says: Splinter09

    I don’t agree with Capello’s decision what happens to a players’ private life should have no affect inside the four lines. Well at least not a matter like that one.

  3. says: dizzl

    yah i totally see that point that personal life should stay personal.

    however, when you become a high level player, you have to somewhat expect a portion of your personal life becoming public.

    and of course there is the whole “kids look up to them” thing…and the following “what kind of example is that for kids?” argument.

    i see both sides really.

  4. says: channo

    VB: i remember at Eriksson’s last world cup when England lost the game through penalties shootout, Beckham (as the captain at that time) -despite of his own feelings, approached his teammates one by one and tried to encourage them.

    that scene really moves me. Terry was new to the team and Ashley Cole was just a rookie back then. Becks was really ‘leading’ his men on my point of view he’s the best captain.

    second to that is of course Stevie G’s unbreakable spirit when he relentlessly attacks Milan’s goal and manage to score Liverpool’s first on champions league final. i guess he’s the silent captain type; doesn’t talks much, but could move men to follow him to the world’s end by his actions 🙂

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