Capello gives John Terry his backing

England manager Fabio Capello has stated that he feels that the FA was wrong to strip John Terry of the national side’s captaincy, and that the Chelsea defender is still the skipper in his mind.

The veteran centre back was accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in The Blues’ 1-0 defeat against QPR back in October, and will stand trial in July to face the charges.

The governing body decided to take the captain’s armband away from Terry as the scandal continues, but Capello feels this was a wrong decision.

“I completely disagree with the FA about the John Terry decision and I have told that to the chairman,” Capello told RAI 1, with Sky Sports translating the comments into English.

“The court will decide. It’s going to be civil justice, not sports justice, to decide if John Terry committed that crime that he is accused of.

“I considered and still consider Terry as the England captain. I think we first should wait for the trial conclusion,” he concluded.

Many have questioned whether or not Terry should even be in the England squad for Euro 2012, never mind captain, as the defender’s fate still hangs in the balance.

By Gareth McKnight