England stars back captain Terry

23 March 2011 03:39
England players Peter Crouch and James Milner have thrown their backing behind manager Fabio Capello's decision to reinstate John Terry as captain.Terry has controversially returned in place of Rio Ferdinand after being dropped from the role amid allegations over his private life 13 months ago. [LNB]"It's the manager's call and there are no problems from anyone," said Crouch. "I'm pleased for John and we move on." [LNB]Milner added: "JT has shown week in, week out what a good leader he is." [LNB]Tuesday's news conference was the first opportunity for any England player to speak with the media after Terry faced the press for the first time since his reinstatement on Monday. [LNB]Terry admitted he was "not everybody's cup of tea" amid speculation there was unrest in the camp about Capello's decision, ahead of Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales in Cardiff.[LNB] Fabio has the trust of the squad, we stand behind him and hopefully we can keep winning England's James Milner But Crouch said the captaincy issue had not even been broached by the players and Chelsea skipper Terry - who could only look on as the armband was passed around among his team-mates in the friendly with Denmark last month - had everyone's support. [LNB]"We've not really talked about it, no," said the Spurs striker. "It's between the manager and the captain, whoever he wants to pick. [LNB]"There's a lot of talk of unrest but it's not an issue. John Terry has always been fantastic on the pitch, leading Chelsea to Doubles, and he'll be good for us again. [LNB]"It is a shame for Rio because he's a top player and great to have around because he's a natural leader too. It's a shame that he's had so many injuries and that's probably why the manager decided to make the change rather than have the armband being passed around. [LNB]"The manager wanted to stick with JT and that's fine with all of us." [LNB]Milner believes it is crucial that the more experienced players in the England squad all act like captains, and says it is more important that they continue to improve as a team. [LNB]"It's business as usual, the manager's made a decision and everyone's happy for JT and disappointed for Rio," said the Manchester City midfielder. [LNB]"We have lots of good leaders and you need more than one anyway. It helps to have so much experience around and we've got a good combination of that as well as the younger players. [LNB]"JT has shown with Chelsea and the times he plays for England, he puts his head in where people wouldn't go and he leads off the field too. It's important to have a link between players and management, and players who will say what they think. [LNB]"A few things have changed from the World Cup, but ultimately all that is important is that we keep trying to get better and better. [LNB]"On paper we know we can beat anyone and we've started the qualifying campaign pretty well. Fabio has the trust of the squad, we stand behind him and hopefully we can keep getting wins on the board." [LNB][LNB] [LNB][LNB]Terry reveals Rio phone call[LNB]

Source: BBC_Sport