Roy Keane believes England can win the World Cup whether or not John Terry retains the captaincy.
Ipswich boss Keane skippered Manchester United and the Republic of Ireland during a playing career punctuated with controversy.
He had several run-ins with referees and the football authorities, famously walking out on his country on the eve of the World Cup finals in 2002.
Keane admitted: 'We all make mistakes and there's no halo over my head. It's very, very easy to kick a man when he's down. I'm certainly not going to do that but when you're in the public eye, as I've been for the last 10 to 15 years, you have to be careful.'You remember the support you receive, like when I was getting hammered years ago for something.'
England boss Fabio Capello will announce today whether Terry will continue to lead his country. Regardless of Capello's decision, Keane doesn't see it impacting on England's chances in South Africa this summer.
Keane added: 'I don't know how the manager works and I don't know his mindset. There's all this talk about the captain but you don't have to wear the armband to be a captain.
Point of contact: Roy Keane and John Terry collide on the field a few years ago
'If England are going to have any chance of winning the World Cupthey can't be relying on one captain. There are three or four captaintypes, whether it be Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney or somebody else.
'I think England have a very good chance of winning the World Cup whether John Terry is the captain or not.
'You usually find several club captains in the group anyway.
'Just because you're not wearing the armband, does it mean you can'tlead people or battle with them and fight with them? Of course not.'
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