Terry will keep England captaincy
A highly influential Football Association insider has informed ESPNsoccernet that John Terry will not be persecuted within the England camp after the torrid revelations regarding his private life.
Terry is now at the centre of a storm of controversy surrounding his personal life after it was alleged he had an affair with the ex-girlfriend of international and former club team-mate Wayne Bridge.
There has been reported disquiet about the England captain constantly hitting the headlines for a series of off-field indiscretions, with suggestions that the FA hierarchy are split, and that the players have lost respect for their captain.
But contrary to this, those inside the England camp believe the revelations will not impact on his ability to lead the country or indeed participate in the squad for the World Cup finals.
Talking to ESPNsoccernet, the influential figure within the FA hierarchy, who is in regular contact with Fabio Capello, made it clear that Terry's England captaincy is not in jeopardy. "All this happened over a year ago," the insider told Soccernet. "Everybody knows about it and it's all done and dusted some time ago. It's been well known, but all the lads have kept it quiet and got on with their lives. The personal lives of the players, are their personal lives.
"Some players might think that John Terry is a smart guy, others might not, but the question is whether it impacts on his ability to play for his country, and it does not, unless the manager believes it does, and there is no sign of that as far as I can see.
"I will be speaking to Fabio Capello about this, as will others, I have no doubt. But let's be honest about this, we are not really interested in what goes on with a player's club life, particularly his private life, that won't even have an influence on his England career.
"If it affected his England captaincy or his ability to play for his country that is another matter. But I cannot see how something that is a year old will do that."
Terry was named on Friday as the player behind a gagging injunction following a High Court hearing in London. Last week he succeeded in securing an interim injunction against a newspaper publishing details about his relationship with a "famous" woman.
Judge, Mr Justice Tugendhat, lifted the order on Friday saying the information had become so widely available to so many people "it meant that an injunction was less necessary or proportionate than would otherwise be the case".
Bridge is understood to be deeply upset by the situation, according to numerous media reports, but according to the FA source, the problem was "a year old", so the only upset is the fact that it is now public, which exaggerates the problem.
Bridge was a good friend of his former Chelsea team-mate Terry, but the speculation that Capello is considering the future of his squad dynamic, including Terry's future as skipper, according to the British press, appears to be wide of the mark.
There were similar outcries for Terry to be stripped of the captaincy by the media after minor PR gaffs, and a Chelsea training ground sting by a Sunday paper involving payments to Terry to facilitate attendance at training.
Questions over whether Bridge and Terry can be on the pitch together, or in the same squad, and whether other players would still respect Terry given his betrayal of a colleague, are being raised by the media, but again according to Soccernet sources it doesn't appear to be an issue to warrant any internal disciplinary action in breach of any of Capello's rules.