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An April Fools joke, but a good one.
John Terry appointed England player-manager for Euro 2012
The Chelsea defender wowed executives at interview and sensationally returns from international exile two months after being stripped of the Three Lions captaincy
The Chelsea defender takes charge just two months after he was sensationally dropped from the national captaincy, which prompted the resignation of previous boss Fabio Capello. But the 31-year-old appears to have resolved his issues with the country’s executives and will now lead the Three Lions into this summer’s tournament.
“We are extremely proud that John has agreed to take on the role of player-manager and are confident that he can lead England to glory in Poland and Ukraine,” an FA spokesman, Alf Lopior, told Goal.com.
“He has a long and distinguished record of success at leading from the front already under his belt and we are delighted to be able to tie him down to a role which he has already been trialling unofficially at Chelsea.”
There had been concerns that taking Terry to Euro 2012 in any capacity could be seen as inappropriate, given the fact that the 31-year-old faces a date in court after the tournament’s conclusion in July over allegations that he racially abused QPR’s Anton Ferdinand in November 2011.
However, Mr Lopior put fans’ minds at ease, explaining: “We feel it best not to focus too much on the details.
“We knew that we had to be quick about appointing John as soon as he came in for interview. He gave a very eloquent and in-depth presentation about his plans for the tournament as well as the years to come.
“He was the most impressive interviewee by far, though the FA would like to thank Harry Redknapp, Stuart Pearce and Alex McLeish for their interest in the position.”
What are the odds that the bigwigs at the FA would actually consider this? The fear is that this has probably crossed their confused minds more than once.