Fabio Capello claims John Terry is not a racist and that the Chelsea man should still be in the England squad

Fabio Capello has fanned the fames of conflict by claiming John Terry is an innocent man and has been unfairly pushed out of the England set up.

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Capello, who says Terry is England’s best defender, told the Express that “They [the FA] decided he could not play with the national team and I didn’t understand because he was not guilty”

“When it happened I said to the president [then FA chairman David Bernstein], ‘You decided he’s guilty? No, he’s not guilty”.

Capello’s fury stems from the fact that the FA decided Terry was guilty and stripped him of the England captaincy before any court had reached a verdict.

Terry had been accused of racially abusing Rio Ferdinand’s brother Anton in a Chelsea vs QPR game in 2012. He was eventually found not guilty by the court, but the FA held their own inquiry and found him guilty.

He was ultimately fined £220,000 and forced to quit the national side.

Capello thinks Terry is still one of England’s best players and should be part of Roy Hodgson’s group. “He is one of the best”, he said. “It’s better to have a player like John Terry than not have him”.

England’s next game is against Ireland in early June.