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:
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”.