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Chelsea out to maul Black Cats

Chelsea 7 hours ago
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Jan 30, 2010

Capello should stick by Terry

The Football Association didn't sack David Beckham as England captain over his alleged affair with Rebecca Loos, they didn't kick Bobby Moore out when he was arrested for stealing a bracelet just before the World Cup in Mexico.

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Even the high-heeled Sven got away with his personal indiscretions for years working with the FA, and there were plenty of those. So why should they give JT the red card. Well, they won't, will they?

It's certainly an embarrassment all round for John Terry and Wayne Bridge to be in the same England squad. But it's hardly as bad as one of the most infamous inter-dressing room affairs of the heart.

Jean-Fran├žois Larios is a former France international and midfield star, who earned seventeen international caps and scored five goals for the national team during the late 1970s, early 1980s. The St. Etienne player took part in the 1982 World Cup finals but had to leave the France camp during the tournament after rumours surfaced that he was having an affair with the wife of Michel Platini, who is now UEFA President. Larios never played for France again while Platini failed to get his hands on the World Cup.

Current England captain Terry and his wife Toni approach St. Valentine's Day with plenty to talk about over a romantic candle-lit dinner, but there is no-one better than an Italian boss to put affairs of the heart into context.

Fabio Capello will decide the fate of his England captain, but as Terry has been a pillar of support for Capello's regime behind the scenes (and without a blemish against him within the camp), taking the captaincy from him is not really an option.

If Wayne Bridge opts out of England duty, he won't be the first player to do so. Jamie Carragher hasn't participated since calling time on his international career, nor has Aston Villa's full back Luke Young, despite receiving a recent call from Capello.

Terry would be a far greater miss than Bridge, Ashley Cole's deputy left-back, as there is a shortage of world-class centre-backs, so it would be hugely counter productive to ditch the captain right now and shoot yourself in the foot with only months to go before the World Cup finals in South Africa.

Of course Terry has put his foot in it, more than once, when the nation would love a clean cut, morally perfect, PR savvy England captain. But don't bother to advertise, they don't exist.

We all thought Steven Gerrard was as clean cut as you can get, the jutting jaw, the no nonsense style, the swash buckling goals that made him one of the world's most compelling goalscoring midfielders. But his part in a drunken bar room brawl changed that perception.

The time to assess Terry, and maybe even Capello, is after the attempts to win the World Cup for the first time since 1966. He will have his own demons to deal with before then.