Gareth Southgate has decided to remove the captain’s armband from George Boateng and give it to Julio Arca, according to Sky Sports. The reason? The Middlesbrough manager says:
I made the decision because I wanted George to be able to concentrate on his game George’s performances have been excellent and I want it to stay that way. I want him to be free in his mind to enjoy his football. I’ve explained the situation to George and he is totally at ease with the situation. His professionalism has been excellent over the last couple of weeks. His performances show how much pride he has in his personal contribution.
Maybe the reason is very much footballing but one cannot shrug off the feeling that the recent bust-up between Southgate and Boateng could be the reason why Boateng has been stripped off his captaincy.