Word on the street is that injury-plagued Rio Ferdinand’s stint as England captain is over. And the reason for that being the word on the street is that Fabio Capello has pretty much spelt it out.
He said: “I was really upset about what happened in Denmark, when I saw the players saying ‘who is the captain?’. 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.”
In other words, the sight of Ashley Cole wearing the England captain’s armband has spurred Capello into making a decision.
The Italian was never overly scathing in his criticism of John Terry at the time of his sacking as skipper and made it clear that, if his decision was being made on footballing grounds alone, he would have liked the Chelsea man to continue as his captain.
In a statement at the time, he said: “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.”
Terry was dropped as captain in February 2010 amid the fallout from his well-publicised affair with the ex-girlfriend of England team-mate Wayne Bridge (in case you’d forgotten).