Chelsea skipper John Terry is set to be named as England captain on a permanent basis.
It’s believed that England boss Fabio Capello will turn to the 30-year-old centre half, whom he stripped of the captaincy last February following alleged indiscretions in Terry’s private life, as a permanent replacement for current captain Rio Ferdinand, and not just for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales later this month, as doubts persist over the Manchester United man’s fitness.
The decision would appear to have been made following the friendly against Denmark in February, which England won 2-1 in Copenhagen, when Capello wasn’t pleased with his players not knowing who should be captain.
With Ferdinand and vice-captain Steven Gerrard both absent, Frank Lampard started the match in Copenhagen as skipper but passed the armband to Gareth Barry when he was substituted. Barry then passed on the armband to Ashley Cole when he was replaced.
“I was really upset about what happened in Denmark, when I saw the players saying ‘who is the captain?’,” said Capello.
“After one year of punishment, it was not the best moment for John Terry to see this. For that reason, I need to make a decision – and it will be a permanent decision, not just one game.”
Whether Ferdinand is happy about the decision to replace him is open to debate – although sources close to the defender, who has taken great pride in being captain of his country, say he will be extremely unhappy at the prospect of being stripped of the armband through no fault of his own – but Capello believes that Ferdinand will understand his decision upon speaking to him.
“First of all, I want to know what happened with Rio’s back and when he will be fit because he is a really important player for us,” said the 64-year-old England boss.
“After that, I will explain to him what really happened and what I am going to do in the next week – if I will decide on a new captain or about John Terry or something else.
“Why will it be a difficult conversation? It is not because he is not a good captain.
“I will explain what happened in Denmark and what I think. I would understand if he is not happy but I am the manager. I have to take decisions.”