Wednesday, 8 February 2012

England in disarray

Ahead of a big year of international football, England are in disarray.

The Football Association's decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy ahead of his trial in July over racial abuse allegations has divided opinion up and down the country and was met with disapproval by England coach Fabio Capello. He made his feelings known on Italian TV.

"I thought it was right that Terry should keep the captain's armband," said Capello.

"I have spoken to the [FA] chairman and I have said that in my opinion one cannot be punished until it is official and the court - a non-sport court, a civil court - had made a decision to decide if John Terry has done what he is accused of."

After a shambolic World Cup 2010 campaign, the 65-year-old Italian wanted to bow out of English football with a bang in Euro 2012. However, this latest controversy looks set to overshadow his last few months in charge. Those looking to bet on Euro 2012 online will be wondering if the side can overcome their problems.

There are rumours Capello won't be given the opportunity to see out the remaining months of his contract after his outburst, although that is unlikely. He must begin his search for a new captain while rebuilding his relationship with the FA.

It is the second time Terry has been stripped of the captaincy and he is thought to be considering his future in the England set up. Reports suggest he will continue to put his hand up to play for his country, but the controversial defender will be hurting after this latest setback.

England and controversy are never far apart. Many believe the national team needs a radical shake up to bring the public back on side and pride back into the shirt.

Capello is drinking in the last chance saloon this summer – he might not be the only one.