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John Terry to offerresignation

05.02.2010 00:28 EST
John Terry may offer hisresignation as Englandcaptain by the end of theweek as he pledges to dowhat is needed to helpEngland's World Cupcause.- Editor's Blog: Loose hipsmay sink Terry's ship- Terry embroiled in affairscandal- Bridge "couldn't stand ...Terry"- Bridge to get call-up if fit- Terry gets squad backingThere have been variousconflicting reports aboutTerry's plans, butSoccernet understands hemay offer Fabio Capello hisresignation if it will aid theEngland manager inresolving the presentmess in the easiest way.A source close to Terrytold Soccernet: "JT will doanything that is necessaryfor the England cause."However, while Capello isthought to be angered thatTerry's private life hasbroken the golden rule byaffecting the harmony inthe England camp, hecould well reject Terry'soffer to fall on his sword ifhe believes his resignationwould exacerbate thecurrent situation.Terry is deeply disturbedthat he has caused somuch tension and anxietyfor Capello so close to theWorld Cup finals in SouthAfrica. The minimumTerry can expect is aforceful reminder of hisresponsibilities, more tothe team than himself,when he finally meets theEngland coach to discussthe situation.Ultimately, Terry is fullyaware that whatever hedoes, or whatever hesays, will have little to nobearing on the finaloutcome as Capello hastotal authority within theEngland squad.Capello, though, has nointention of following anymedia agenda to make aquick decision on Terry.An FA insider confirmedthat Capello willimmediately receive adetailed briefing fromFranco Baldini at hisWembley offices, who hasbeen busy all weekgathering feedback fromsenior England players. Hewill then have discussionswith FA chief executive IanWatmore and chairmanLord Triesman, beforesummoning the player fora face-to-face meeting.The insider told Soccernet:"This is a private issue,and would remain private,the only difference is that ithas stupidly affectedanother player, andtherefore we do need toassess the situation."Fabio has nothing to hidefrom, his offices are atWembley and the onlylogical way to resolve thisissue is a face to facemeeting."Capello will give the issuecareful considerationbecause, although he isdeeply unhappy withTerry's behaviour, heknows taking action willpresent its own problems.For one thing, it will notresolve the issue ofWayne Bridge and Terrybeing in the same squadfor two months beforeand during the finals.It would also meanselecting a new captain.The current vice-captain isRio Ferdinand, but he hassuffered with injuries formost of the season, whileWayne Rooney andSteven Gerrard haveattracted negativeheadlines of their own.Capello knows you cannotselect a captain on moralcriteria, and mighttherefore conclude it iswise not to sack one forthat same reason.Prominent members ofthe FA's internationalcommittee will backCapello if he keeps Terryas skipper, but there is asplit of opinion within theranks, with the alternativeview that Terry's positionis now untenable.


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