John Terry Out as England Captain, Rio Ferdinand Promoted

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John Terry has been removed as England men’s national team captain, the FA confirmed this afternoon.

Fabio Capello is said to have given the Chelsea captain the verdict during a short meeting on Friday at Wembley.

The FA released a statement from Capello outlining his decision:

“After much thought, I have made the decision that it will be best for me to take the captaincy away from John Terry.

“As a captain with the team, John Terry has displayed extremely positive behaviour. 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 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 has been under intense scrutiny since last week when the public became aware of his affair with the ex-partner of Wayne Bridge, his fellow national team member and former teammate at Stamford Bridge.

According to the Telegraph, Rio Ferdinand will replace John Terry, something intimated in Capello’s statement.

Ferdinand narrowly lost-out on the captaincy when Capello evaluated the position after his initial managerial appointment.  The Manchester United defender will replace his central defense-partner, with Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard reportedly to serve as vice captain.

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