Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

England Stars Behind Terry; Chelsea Defender Insisting Team-Mates Support Him as Skipper

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

England Stars Behind Terry; Chelsea Defender Insisting Team-Mates Support Him as Skipper

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JOHN Terry has admitted not everybody will welcome him back as England skipper with open arms - but insisted that his national team-mates are right behind his return.

Although Fabio Capello's handling of the situation has not exactly been flawless, most supporters accept Terry's obvious leadership qualities make him the ideal man to take the armband.

Yet, ahead of Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier with Wales at the Millennium Stadium, the 30-year-old knows there are some whose reservations about the personal scandal that forced Capello to strip him of the honour 13 months ago are so deep, they will never be convinced Terry should be leading the Three Lions out.

"I am not going to be everybody's cup of tea. I understand that," said Terry.

"But the manager is in charge. He calls the shots and has made his decision.

"None of the players have had a problem with it yet and I would expect if there was a problem someone would tell me.

"I would totally respect that, but I can't see any reason why they would.

"It is important to draw a line under the captaincy and move on."

It might not be quite so easy to end the talk given outgoing captain Rio Ferdinand has twice avoided the opportunity to speak with Capello about the manner of his demotion.

Ferdinand has spoken to Terry though, following up a pre-game text by ringing the Chelsea skipper after the Blues' Premier League win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

It was a 10 minute chat that Terry appreciated, in addition to proving what a mature stance Ferdinand is adopting to a crushing disappointment.

"It was a nice touch from Rio to call me," he said.

"That sums up what a great man he is. He cares about England. All he wants is England to win football matches."

What events of the past couple of weeks also prove is that there is no lingering resentment over Terry's explosive press conference at the World Cup, when he appeared to undermine Capello's management.

At the time it was suggested that Terry was getting his own back for being stripped of the captaincy in the first place and by being so open, had put his international future in jeopardy. …

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