John Terry has been dropped as England captain by head coach Fabio Capello, following recent tabloid revelations about the Chelsea star's private life.
The 29-year-old held showdown talks with Capello at Wembley on Friday afternoon and the final outcome saw his reign as national team skipper ended, with Terry having been handed the armband in August 2006 by Steve McClaren.
Terry has won 58 caps for his country to date, having made his debut in June 2003 against Serbia & Montenegro.
A statement from Capello confirmed:"After much thought, I have made the decision that it will be best for me to take the captaincy away from John Terry.
"As a captain with the team, John Terry has displayed extremely positive behaviour. However, I have to take into account other considerations and what is best for all of the England squad.
"What is best for all of the England team has inspired my choice. John Terry was notified first.
"When I chose John Terry as captain, I also selected a vice-captain and also named a third choice. There is no reason to change this decision.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank The FA, particularly Lord David Triesman and Ian Watmore for allowing me to make this decision in my own time and in the best interest of the team."
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti had earlier given his full backing to Terry, saying:"I have not spoken to him. It's not necessary for me to speak to him about his private life.
"It's his private life and I don't want to know anything about this. I'm only interested in his professional behaviour and that is the best.
"I'm not interested in the private lives of the players. In the past some coaches phoned home to control their players, but I never did this in my career and I won't in the future.
"I'm only interested in the players at the training ground and to control behaviour at the training ground. Private lives are an important thing – they should remain private."