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Terry should keep arm band

January 31, 2010

John Terry and Wayne Bridge during happier times at Chelsea

Disgraced England skipper John Terry should still keep his job. Morally perhaps he should ‘do the right thing’ and step down, but if England are to have the best possible chance of lifting the World Cup this June, Terry has to be wearing the arm band.  

Opinion is certianly divided. Mark Lawrenson on Saturday’s Football Focus said that Terry should step down without hesitation as the man who led the Three Lions needed to be ‘squeaky clean’. Apparently he forgot about David Beckham’s infidelities.  

This is of course a different situation, with it now seeming impossible for Terry to share a dressing room with former best friend Wayne Bridge after the Chelsea skipper’s ‘liasons’ with Bridge’s now ex-girlfriend, lingerie model, Vanessa Perroncel.  

The reality of the situation has to be however that Terry is an integral part of the squad, where as Bridge is not. He is England’s second choice left-back, light years behind Terry’s Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole. The simple solution therefore is to not select Bridge for South Afirca. Unfair and unethical? Definitely. But it cannot be denied that this would not be in the best interests of England.  

It seems that the FA are going to pass the book to Fabio Capello, with sources around him suggesting that he will wait until the full details of the affair are known before making his decision. His reserve left-back options are numerous with Leighton Baines in fine form for Everton, Kieran Giibbs showing promise at Arsenal before his injury and even Gareth Barry being able to fill in as well.  

Potential captains are less obvious. Vice-captain Rio Ferdinand is currently too injury prone to be trusted with the arm band full time and he, along with Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard harly fit Mark Lawrenson’s ‘sqeaky clean’ England skipper image. 

Vanessa Perroncel, the lingerie model at the centre of the storm


This leaves us with Wayne Rooney. Can he lead his country with his short fuse? Possibly. His time will come but it hasn’t arrived yet.  

There can be no doubting the temperament of the man at the centre of the storm. He led Chelsea out on Saturday at Burnley and rose in the 82nd minute to give his side the victory. You wouldn’t bet against him doing the same in South Africa in June.  

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