Rio Ferdinand: don't give my England captaincy to John Terry

14 March 2011 02:07
Not going quietly: Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is determined to stay as England captain

The high-risk strategy of reappointing John Terry as England captain has been laid bare.

Said to be alarmed, current captain Rio Ferdinand launched a bid to hold on to the armband, despite playing in only four of the 11 internationals since being appointed.

FA insiders confirmed Sportsmail's stunning Saturday morning exclusive by admitting that the England manager plans to hand the captaincy to Terry for the Euro 2012 qualifier in Wales on Saturday week - and even beyond.

Capello can expect a backlash if axe falls on Ferdinand: read Matt Lawton's reportFerdinand contacted England general manager Franco Baldini and - aware that Capello might reinstate Terry at his expense - the Manchester United defender was given assurances that he remained the boss's first choice.

It leaves Capello in an extremely awkward position if he does decide to follow the game in Cardiff by leaving Terry in the role, because Ferdinand would feel he could no longer trust the England manager and his staff.

A source close to Ferdinand told Sportsmail: 'Baldini told Rio that Terry is being brought back because of the injuries to Rio and Steven Gerrrard. When Rio is fit again, he will return to the role of captain.'

Capello stripped the Chelsea defender of the captaincy after a series of controversies 13 months ago.

But, despite what appears to have been said to Ferdinand, Capello has concluded that Terry is the most natural leader in his squad and the best man for the job.

Big call: Fabio Capello (right) wants to reinstate John Terry (left) as his skipper

 EXCLUSIVE: Capello tells FA he wants Terry back as England captainMATT LAWTON: Capello can expect a backlash if the axe falls on FerdinandMARTIN SAMUEL: Behind closed doors John Terry has proved he is England's natural leaderMartin Samuel: It was right to demote Terry. and now right to give it back

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Source: Daily_Mail