Terry Reinstated as England Captain

Terry reinstated as captain

Terry reinstated as captain

John Terry has been reinstated as England full time captain just over 12 months since Fabio Capello stripped him of the captaincy amid allegations of his private life.

The returning captain is to take over from Rio Ferdinand immediately and will skipper England when they head to the Millennium Stadium to take on Wales in Euro 2012 action.

However, it has been reported that Capello did not break the news to Manchester United defender Ferdinand claiming that the now former England captain refused to speak with him at Old Trafford this past week.

Capello claims that he now believes Terry has learned his lesson and served a sufficient punishment after being stripped of the armband 13 months ago.

“I decided John Terry would be the captain for this game (against Wales) because, after the game in Copenhagen, the way the armband was moved around was upsetting for him”, Capello stated.

“Also, I said my decision would be the day before the (Wales) game because I wanted to speak with the players, I wanted to speak with John Terry.

“I also knew the England doctors spoke with the doctors of Manchester United and Liverpooland I knew that Rio and Steven Gerrard were injured.

“But I have decided that John Terry, after one year of punishment, will again be the permanent captain. I think one year’s punishment is enough.

“He was my first choice when I (initially) decided on the permanent captain”, the Italian said.

Rio Ferdinand is now expected to revert to his previous role as vice-captain when he returns from injury with Steven Gerrard third choice.

With regards to his lack of communication with the United defender, Capello stated; ”I tried to meet Rio at the Manchester United game.

“I hope I will meet him in the future to speak with him personally and privately, not by phone because I think by phone is not so good.

“He was ready to meet me but he preferred not to meet us. I don’t know why. It is a question for him, not me.

“I was ready, I wanted to speak with him and explain my decision.

“I hope he will be fit to play for the national team because he is one of the most important people with his experience and value as a player.

“I spoke with Steven and it is no problem for him and he told me he wants to be fit to play the next Euro game against Switzerland.

“The most important thing for him is to return to playing on a weekly basis after the operation.”

England play Wales in Cardiff on the 26th of March.



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