Guest blogger Pete South takes a look at the latest controversial decision by Fabio Capello…
Current England captain Rio Ferdinand is said to be â€œvery upsetâ€ over Fabio Capello’s decisionÂ to name John Terry as captain for the crucial Euro qualifier against Wales at the weekend, BBC sport reports.
The Manchester United defender has endured an injury hit season and has only played four games for the national side in the last 12 months, and last week media rumours have circulated about the Italianâ€™s impending decision to name Terry as skipper.
Initially back problems kept Ferdinand out of the action, but now a hernia problem means he is unlikely to feature against Wales, and while nothing had been confirmed until the weekend free bets had largely been placed in Terryâ€™s favour.
Terry was stripped of the armband last year following reports about his personal life. Terry allegedly conducted an affair with team mate Wayne Bridges ex-fiancÃ© Vanessa Perroncel, and Capello acted swiftly to take the captainâ€™s armband from him, but now the Chelsea defenderÂ has regainedÂ the position.
Frank Lampard led the team out in their last match, a friendly against Denmark, but media reports suggest Capello has started to re-think his decision following Ferdinandâ€™s injury woes. The armband was passed around the team in that match, although Terry was a notable exception, and Capello admitted the captaincy had become a headache for him.
â€œI was really upset about what happened in Denmark, when I saw the players saying ‘who is the captain?’,” he said.
“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.â€ He added.
Â The Italian also admitted the injuries that plagued Ferdinand were becoming an issue and insists he has to act now.
â€œFirst 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,” the 64-year-old said.
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. 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.”
Â England are overwhelming free bet favourites for the game against Wales, but will have to play without Stephen Gerrard, who has been ruled out for a month with a groin injury.