Capello considers Terry captaincy

15 March 2011 12:13
England boss Fabio Capello said he is considering relieving Rio Ferdinand of his captaincy duties and handing the role back to former skipper John Terry.Injured Ferdinand misses the Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales on 26 March. [LNB]Last year, Terry was stripped of the armband and Capello wants to avoid it being passed around like it was in February's friendly against Denmark. [LNB]"I was really upset about what happened in Denmark, when I saw the players saying 'who is the captain?'," he said. [LNB]"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." [LNB]With vice-captain Steven Gerrard also out of the Wales game with a hernia injury, Capello is expected to formally announce the decision before the encounter at the Millennium Stadium.[LNB] I would understand if Ferdinand is not happy. But I am the manager. I have to take decisions Fabio Capello That way he will avoid a repeat of the situation in Copenhagen last month where the armband was given to Frank Lampard but then passed on to Gareth Barry and finally Ashley Cole when the former pair were substituted. [LNB]Ferdinand was made captain when Chelsea skipper Terry was relieved of his duties in February 2010 after reports surfaced that he had an affair with the former partner of England team-mate Wayne Bridge. [LNB]Since then Ferdinand has made only four appearances for England. [LNB]Defender Terry, 30, was first handed the armband by former England boss Steve McClaren after the 2006 World Cup and was retained as skipper by Capello before facing the Czech Republic in August 2008. [LNB]The Italian will travel to Manchester on Tuesday to speak to Ferdinand about the matter and will discuss it with his squad when they meet up next week for the Wales match. [LNB]It is clear that the continued absence of the former Manchester United captain through calf and back injuries is a frustration. [LNB]But Capello believes Ferdinand will understand the issue he has been confronted with. [LNB]"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 Capello. [LNB]"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. [LNB]"Why will it be a difficult conversation? It is not because he is not a good captain.[LNB] He will be England captain one day. Jack Wilshere needs more caps but he is a real leader Capello on Jack Wilshere "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." [LNB]Although he is not in the running to take over from Ferdinand, Capello also said he believed Jack Wilshere will be a future England captain and said he was "the best young midfielder" he had seen for his age. [LNB]After making his debut against Hungary on 11 August last year, the 19-year-old Arsenal midfielder was not restored to the team until the Denmark friendly last month. [LNB]During that time Capello said he had seen a huge improvement, highlighted by his performance in the Gunners Champions League defeat by Barcelona last week. [LNB]"It is incredible," Capello admitted. "In this last seven months, he improved a lot. After that very first game I was not sure because he didn't play with a lot of confidence and following the Denmark game, some people were surprised when I said I was really happy with his performance. [LNB]"But he played with confidence and without fear. He tried to do the same things he usually does when he plays for Arsenal and everyone can understand his value after the games against Barcelona. [LNB]"I followed him. I monitored him during the game in Barcelona. Against the most difficult team, one of the best teams of all, he played the same game, with the same confidence that he did in the first leg in London." [LNB]Capello added: "He will be England captain one day. Jack Wilshere needs more caps but he is a real leader. [LNB]"I saw how he spoke with the referee and how he spoke to the other players. It is difficult to find someone so young with such a big personality. [LNB]"I remember two defenders, Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi, and one attacker, Raul, who was 19 at Real Madrid, but for personality and confidence on the pitch, he is the best young midfielder I have seen for his age."

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