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Capello wants Terry back as England captain for Euro 2012

| 12.03.2011

England boss Fabio Capello is given serious consideration to the idea of reinstating John Terry as his captain ahead of this month’s Euro 2012 Group qualifier in Wales, to ensure they don’t stumble in Group G, which they are 2/9 to win.

Terry was stripped of the armband little over a year ago after tabloid revelations that cast him in an unfavourable light and has since fallen behind the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and club team-mate Frank Lampard.

The expectation was that the Chelsea defender would never be given the chance to lead his country again, but with Ferdinand constantly struggling for fitness and Gerrard out of the trip to Cardiff, Capello is pondering a shock U-turn.

The rumour has been sparked by the Daily Mail’s Martin Samuel who, given his standing as Sports Journalist of the Year, you would assume must have impeccable sources to be willing to report the story as fact.

He claims that if Capello does make Terry his skipper against Wales, it wouldn’t just be a one-match deal that he would be likely to stick with the 30-year-old for the rest of his tenure.

The Italian tactician steps down as national team boss after Euro 2012 and needs to win the tournament to retain his incredible record of having won a major trophy for every club or nation he has managed.

England are 8/1 fourth favourites to go all the way in Poland and Ukraine next year and while Capello’s standing in the media has taken a beating since the Three Lions flopped at the World Cup, he retains the faith of the FA.

It is suggested that following consultation with FA chairman David Bernstein, the nine-time title winner has been assured that he has absolute control over picking his captain and that they won’t oppose Terry’s reinstallation.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.