Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Terry Is a Born Leader, Insists Capello

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Terry Is a Born Leader, Insists Capello

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FABIO Capello hailed the leadership qualities of John Terry after restoring the Chelsea defender as England captain for the friendly international with the United States at Wembley tonight, writes JOHN CURTIS.

The Italian revealed he had chosen Terry as his third skipper before he suffered his penalty shoot-out agony in last week's Champions League final with Manchester United in Moscow.

And Capello believes being awarded the armband will be an ideal tonic for Terry after his penalty miss against the Red Devils denied Chelsea their first Champions League title.

Terry was appointed England captain as David Beckham's successor by then-England coach Steve McClaren in the summer of 2006.

Injury ruled him out of the first match of Capello's reign against Switzerland when Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard led the side out.

But when Terry returned against France for the March clash in Paris, it was Manchester United central defender Rio Ferdinand who was named as captain by the Italian.

Capello said: "It is very important to try the different captains. My decision will have helped to lift John Terry a little bit after Moscow.

"I made the decision about who would be captain before the Champions League final. The first captain was Steven Gerrard, then Rio Ferdinand and now John Terry. I think at this moment it is a good decision for John Terry after the not very nice Wednesday last week.

"When I told him he would be captain, he was very happy. It is very important for an England captain to be a leader - and John Terry is a leader."

Capello has not decided who will lead the side against Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday but hinted that there may be another incumbent as skipper. Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry is a strong candidate to lead his country in that game for the first time in the Caribbean. …

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