Fabio Capello talks to one man who would probably dislocate his arm if he put the captain’s armband on.
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The England captaincy was plunged into farce and confusion last night as Fabio Capello told Rio Ferdinand the Manchester United defender STILL has the armband after all.
Ferdinand was left angered and infuriated by Capello’s clear signal that he would be asked to relinquish the captaincy back to John Terry , 13 months after the Chelsea skipper was stripped of the role.
But last night Capello and his entourage were insistent that the Italian MEANT to suggest Terry would purely lead England against Wales and Ghana later this month and that Ferdinand remained, for now, the first-choice skipper.
The ridiculous change of stance came amid hints from Ferdinand’s associates that the Old Trafford star – who has only captained England in four of the 11 games since being formally confirmed as Terry’s successor – was deeply upset at the course of events. (Daily Mirror)
So the farce continues, or does it? Has Fabio Capello made a mild error or was he hoping that Rio Ferdinand would in fact have no issue with losing the England captain’s armband, which would clearly upset any footballer who has pride in their country.
John Terry lost the armband for good reason and once he lost it it seemed unlikely he would so easily wrestle it back from Rio Ferdinand, regardless of the Old Trafford defender’s injury problems. There is also the suggestion that the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and even Wayne Rooney could be the natural successors when the time comes.
Who would you opt for? Who would get your vote? Or do you think that in this day and age the issue of captaincy means little.