With Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard now ruled out of England’s up coming Internationals against Wales and Ghana, stories have been circulating in the press that Fabio Capello may be ready re-appoint John Terry as England captain. Many will question the wisdom in re-appointing of such a divisive figure. However due to injuries and the changing shape of the England team, John Terry is now fast becoming the logical choice for the captaincy.
With Gerrard and Ferdinand ruled out, England’s remaining senior Internationals are Ashley Cole, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry. A possible candidate a year ago, Rooney like Terry has had his problems of the pitch, what is more his on the pitch temperament makes him a risky option for the captaincy, Ashley Cole, although a strong character would also be an unsuitable choice for captain. Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry would both be safe options for Capello, however with the form of Jake Wilshire neither player is guaranteed a spot in the starting line up anymore.
The word is that Capello is fed up of picking a new captain for every game, and would like to make a more permanent appointment. Ferdinand is unlikely to play consistently for England again due to his injury problems, earlier this season Ferguson took the captaincy of Manchester United away from him for the same reasons. Gerrard like Ferdinand also seems to be struggling with persistent niggling injuries.
John Terry, clear of the nerve problem that troubled him earlier in the season is almost certain to be starting for England come the European Championships in 2012. He is a man who is unbelievably proud to represent his country, and this season he has been close to his best form, being one of the few players to emerge from Chelsea’s mid season crisis with any credit. His leadership abilities are undoubted and he has a wealth of experience at the highest level. Given the other options available re-appointing Terry makes perfect sense.
I’m sure some will bring up John Terry’s affair as grounds that he should not captain his country again. To this I would say that John Terry was stripped of the captaincy for a year, surely that is punishment enough for something he did in his private life, whichwas not illegal, and is, unfortunately fairly common in our society. Given the reaction to his affair with Vanessa Perroncel, it would have been very easy for him to retire from England duty, yet his commitment to England has never wavered. It should also be noted that Tony Adams captained England after serving time for drink driving, an act that is estimated to kill 11,990 people a year.
He may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but John Terry is one of the few experienced players guaranteed to be starting come 2012. A natural and determined leader, there is no one better to lead England
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