So John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy by the FA. While I am happy to see a person I despise humbled I cannot help but think he has every right to feel a little hard-done by. The FA has gone over Fabio Capello’s head. While the Italian has consistently stated that his captain’s position is innocent until proven guilty the bigwigs have gone above him and removed the armband.
Hang on a minute … What happened to innocent until proven guilty?
Isn’t that meant to be the case with our justice system? How come JT gets punished for something he may well be found innocent of? Seems a little unfair.
Ok, so I don’t believe he’s innocent. And I massively dislike the guy. But what is the FA
playing at? This is not a managerial decision. It has been made to avoid embarrassment. If Capello believes Terry presence won’t affect his teams performances then that is his call, not the FA’s. Evidently the FA doesn’t trust Capello to make the right choice.
Underlying all this (and possibly the only thing that enables me to stomach standing up for the repugnant Terry) is the fact that he should not be playing for England anyway. For one thing we have been here before. How Terry was ever allowed to resume the captaincy I will never know. For a man of his dubious morals to be allowed to represent his country after his original disgrace is astounding.
Regardless of this he is not good enough.
All this arguing and bickering becomes totally irrelevant if Capello has the sense to see what to me is a blinding glimpse of the obvious. That Terry is even being considered for the national side just shows the calibre of manager and person Capello is.
Phil Jones, Jagielka, Lescott, Cahill and Dawson all deserve an England place ahead of the disgraced captain and when you then consider Ferdinand, Tomkins, Johnson (Roger), King and Smalling you can’t help but wonder why we are putting ourselves through this.
The answer Capello, is quite straightforward. Write Terry off. Don’t pick him. Set an example and don’t make enemies. If he is proven innocent the very worst thing you have done is offend the player himself and as we’ve established his past discretions show he probably deserves it.
The England team deserve a chance without the shadow of Terry. With him not there we can get on with the task in hand – winning some football games in July.
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