Former England manager Fabio Capello believes Chelsea captain John Terry should still be part of the national team, BBC Sport has reported.
Capello quit his post as Three Lions boss shortly before Euro 2012 when the Football Association removed Terry as England captain after allegations Terry racially abused Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand. Terry was acquitted of the charge after a trial but banned by the FA and hasn’t played for England since September 2012.
“It’s better to have a player like John Terry than not,” Capello, latterly in charge of the Russia national team, said. “He is one of the best. England haven’t got a lot of defenders but they sometimes have problems. But I don’t think he has the chance to play with the national team anymore.”
Terry won 78 England caps, many of them as captain, following his debut in 2003 under Sven-Goran Eriksson. He was first appointed skipper in August 2006 after David Beckham stepped down from the role, while Capello himself removed Terry as captain in 2010, giving the armband to Rio Ferdinand. The Italian restored Terry to the position a year later after Ferdinand was injured.
Capello was replaced as England manager by Roy Hodgson, who still holds the job today. Under Capello England reached the last 16 of the 2010 World Cup and qualified for Euro 2012, but he resigned a matter of months before the tournament was due to get underway.
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