Does the Chelsea man have any other choice but to hand the armband on?
John Terry’s reign as England captain looked to be coming to an end last night as it emerged that he is considering resigning his position when he speaks to Fabio Capello on Friday.
Sources close to the England captain said that he was mulling over whether he should quit when he meets his manager Capello at the end of the week following the revelations that Terry had an affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the ex-fiancée of his England team-mate Wayne Bridge.
His initial reaction was to dig his heels in and wait for Capello’s decision but his stance has softened.
Capello has assured his bosses at the Football Association that he will make a decision by the end of the week, at the very latest after the Euro 2012 draw in Warsaw, which he is due to attend on Sunday. Terry has spoken to Capello’s general manager, Franco Baldini, who is gathering information on behalf of the England manager.
Given the strength of public feeling against Terry, and the possibility of more damning revelations about his private life, he is thought to regard the possibility of resignation as a means of taking the sting out of the saga. It could well be the case that Capello will wish to sack Terry himself. Having come under more pressure yesterday to act, the Football Association finally broke its silence yesterday and released a statement, saying: “Fabio Capello alone will make the decision about John Terry’s position”. It was intended to convey the organisation’s deference to Capello on all football matters, although it also underlined that there is a real quandary over Terry’s future. (Independent)
It was bound to happen sooner or later. No matter what your stance on this issue, whether you think JT has behaved abhorrently or whether you think that having an extra marital affair has no bearing on someones ability to play the game of football, it is undoubtedly true that many are sickened by the Chelsea man’s behaviour and it was always going to be hard for John Terry to keep the England captaincy in the face of such public scrutiny.
Question now is, who is morally transparent enough to take the post from the centre back? Believe me there are not that many viable candidates! It appears Fabio has an eleven who all have their fair share of skeletons in the closet.