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Alan Shearer has waded into the England captaincy row, branding Fabio Capello's handling of the affair 'totally wrong'.
The England boss will hand the armband back to John Terry for next weekend's Euro 2012 qualifier in Wales. Capello also wants to make Terry the permanent skipper, seeing the Chelsea defender as the squad's most natural leader and having concerns over present skipper Rio Ferdinand's persistent injury problems.
But Shearer, a former England captain himself, has blasted Capello's treatment of Manchester United star Ferdinand. He said: 'It will have a big effect on Rio because he won't like it. I know he's injured anyway but he won't like it.
'I'm sure he will respect the manager's decision. But if it's going to happen and Rio's read about it in the newspapers, it's not a good way to do your business. It's totally wrong.
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'The first thing Capello should have done is speak to Rio. He should have been the first to know.'
Shearer also believes that Terry should never have had the armband removed in the first place: 'I don't think Terry should have lost the captaincy.
'I understand the England captain has to be a role model on and off the pitch but it didn't affect his performances.'
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