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England captain scandal

John Terry to offer resignation

February 4, 2010
By Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

John Terry may offer his resignation as England captain by the end of the week as he pledges to do what is needed to help England's World Cup cause.

John Terry
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There have been various conflicting reports about Terry's plans, but Soccernet understands he may offer Fabio Capello his resignation if it will aid the England manager in resolving the present mess in the easiest way.

A source close to Terry told Soccernet: "JT will do anything that is necessary for the England cause."

However, while Capello is thought to be angered that Terry's private life has broken the golden rule by affecting the harmony in the England camp, he could well reject Terry's offer to fall on his sword if he believes his resignation would exacerbate the current situation.

Terry is deeply disturbed that he has caused so much tension and anxiety for Capello so close to the World Cup finals in South Africa. The minimum Terry can expect is a forceful reminder of his responsibilities, more to the team than himself, when he finally meets the England coach to discuss the situation.

Ultimately, Terry is fully aware that whatever he does, or whatever he says, will have little to no bearing on the final outcome as Capello has total authority within the England squad.

Capello, though, has no intention of following any media agenda to make a quick decision on Terry.

An FA insider confirmed that Capello will immediately receive a detailed briefing from Franco Baldini at his Wembley offices, who has been busy all week gathering feedback from senior England players. He will then have discussions with FA chief executive Ian Watmore and chairman Lord Triesman, before summoning the player for a face-to-face meeting.

The insider told Soccernet: "This is a private issue, and would remain private, the only difference is that it has stupidly affected another player, and therefore we do need to assess the situation.

"Fabio has nothing to hide from, his offices are at Wembley and the only logical way to resolve this issue is a face to face meeting."

Capello will give the issue careful consideration because, although he is deeply unhappy with Terry's behaviour, he knows taking action will present its own problems. For one thing, it will not resolve the issue of Wayne Bridge and Terry being in the same squad for two months before and during the finals.

It would also mean selecting a new captain. The current vice-captain is Rio Ferdinand, but he has suffered with injuries for most of the season, while Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard have attracted negative headlines of their own.

Capello knows you cannot select a captain on moral criteria, and might therefore conclude it is wise not to sack one for that same reason. Prominent members of the FA's international committee will back Capello if he keeps Terry as skipper, but there is a split of opinion within the ranks, with the alternative view that Terry's position is now untenable.