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Terry reveals captaincy hopes

After being named England's permanent captain once again, John Terry says he always hoped that he would reclaim the armband lost amid a tabloid storm last February.

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Terry was reinstated as skipper by Fabio Capello over the weekend with previous incumbent Rio Ferdinand missing the Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales due to injury. The Manchester United defender is reported to be angry over the manner of his removal.

Though Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have also captained England in Ferdinand's absence, Capello chose to give Terry the honour on a permanent basis, just 13 months after he was stripped of the armband following allegations of an affair with the former partner of then international team-mate Wayne Bridge.

"I moved on very quickly from the decision about losing the captaincy and I've never fallen out with the manager," Terry told The Sun. "But I've never given up hope that I will captain England again.

"When the manager told me in that meeting at Wembley that I was losing the job I accepted and respected his decision - even though I did not necessarily agree with it - shook his hand and his assistant Franco Baldini's hand and told them I'd always give 100%.

"The manager said he really appreciated that and hoped that would be the case. Since then he's said to me how I've done that and he's been proud of me for it. I've always respected him as a coach, a manager and as a man."

Terry also attracted controversy during England's ill-fated World Cup campaign when he publicly discussed squad morale and said he would confront Capello in an infamous press conference. Capello later described his speech as "a very big mistake", but Terry says there are no lingering problems between player and manager.

"Anyone who ever asks me about Fabio, I can only say good words about him and that's the truth, regardless of what people might hear," Terry said. "People look at what's happened between us and think there must be trouble but there isn't. There's no problem, really. I've got nothing but respect for him. Hopefully, that's the same the other way.

"Fabio has been great. I've got to give him loads of credit for that. When he came in, tactically he was spot on in and around the place. I was really impressed with him, I genuinely was. Whatever's gone on, losing the captaincy and the like, I still think he's a great manager and right up there with the best of them, especially on the training field."


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