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FA removes Terry as England captain again

John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy after a conversation with FA chairman David Bernstein.

The Chelsea defender is due to stand trial in July over allegations he racially abused QPR’s Anton Ferdinand.

Although Terry, 31, has entered a plea of not guilty to the charge, Bernstein spoke to his fellow board members at the FA and the majority believed Terry should be relieved of his post. He is still available for selection for the national side.

It is the second time Terry has been stripped of the captaincy. He was relieved of the position two years ago by England manager Fabio Capello after revelations about his private life became public.

It is not known how Capello will react to a decision that has effectively been taken out of his hands. The Italian has maintained a view that Terry is innocent until proven guilty and should be free to select him as captain until the trial is over.

Bernstein is expected to meet Capello today to discuss the FA’s decision.

With Terry losing his position as captain, bookmakers have installed Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard as favourite to lead England for their first game of the Euro 2012 finals against France on 11 June.

Liverpool skipper Gerrard is odds on to undertake the role with most bookies, while Stan James are offering a best price of Evens for the influential midfielder.

Next in the running is Terry’s Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard, best priced at 10/1 with Sportingbet and Stan James but offered at 4/1 with Bodog.

Rio Ferdinand – Anton’s brother – took over the captaincy from Terry two years ago and is fourth favourite (12/1, BetVictor) behind Scott Parker (10/1, Skybet) to succeed the outgoing skipper.

Jack Watkins
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