Now I can see where Fabio Capello’s coming from over Terry

Fabio Capello’s decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy was certainly a surprise.

Most people, myself included, believed Capello would keep faith with the Chelsea defender who has served him so well since the Italian’s arrival at the helm in December 2007.

Having an affair with a former team-mate’s ex partner while married is morally unacceptable, but the Chelsea man has certainly not committed a crime.

However, Capello based his decision on what was best for the England team and that’s why initially I could not get my head around Terry’s demotion.

That was until I realised Terry was the type of character to ride out a storm. His behaviour after being told of Capello’s decision was reportedly calm and collected and he was quick to announce he remains focused on the World Cup.

His football has been unaffected and he immediately revealed he is as determined as ever to help England to glory without the captain’s armband. That is why I believe Capello arrived at the decision he did.

The Italian coach knows about Terry’s mental strength and is confident he will be a leader on the pitch regardless of whether he has the skipper’s armband. However, in removing him from the captaincy Capello has ensured Terry will be kept out of the media glare.

You can just picture the scene at the World Cup as the tabloid hacks start their interrogation of Terry at a pre-match press conference.

That won’t happen now as it will be new captain Rio Ferdinand sent to speak to the press with Terry focused on his efforts on the pitch.

However, England’s World Cup odds make them among the favourites for this year’s tournament and they still have plenty of work to do if they are to live up to expectations.

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