John Terry restored as England Captain

John Terry restored as England Captain

Late last night it was announced that Fabio Capello has handed the captain’s armband once more to John Terry. After months of uncertainty in regards to England’s captaincy with several different players leading the team out at Wembley with varying degrees of success, it seems Capello has finally set his mind on John Terry to be his captain once again.

Terry originally received the armband in August 2006 from Steve McClaren, and was later reinstated in August 2008 by Capello on a permanent basis. However, 13 months ago Terry was stripped of the honour after an alleged affair with former girlfriend of ex-England team-mate Wayne Bridge. Capello has now stated that he feels that Terry has served sufficient punishment for his off-field behaviour.

"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,” stated Capello.
"He was my first choice when I (initially) decided on the permanent captain."
After a bitterly disappointing World Cup campaign, and several indifferent performance since, England fans will be hoping this decision will allow their players to move on and put in a solid performance against Gary Speed’s Wales next weekend.

Capello’s decision is said to be based on Terry’s attitude and performances on the field and his presence in the dressing room, especially since his removal as Captain. There had been other very worthy names in contention for the England Captaincy, however, with Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard plagued by injury and others without the Chelsea Man’s natural leadership, it seemed inevitable that Terry would receive his redemption.

England will travel to Cardiff in a week’s time to face Wales in a heavily anticipated European Championships Qualifier.


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