Terry recognises a salary of £6million a year demands Capello makes his own decisions.
The Italian has always given the impression of being his own man, and his former skipper insists he is not trying to interfere.
"It is something that I would never do in my career, say this player should be in," he said. "It is the manager's decision. That is what he gets paid to do. He obviously takes that responsibility."
Capello is unlikely to seek out Terry - or any of his team-mates - for his view. The defender admits he would be uncomfortable even if it did happen and, in this instance, would be biased.
"He has never come to me and asked me about that," said Terry. "I would feel a little bit uncomfortable giving my thoughts and stuff - and I would probably be biased to Joe (Cole).
"He is obviously a great player and is ready if called upon. He is eager to play. "But when things have not gone well it is easy to look at other players who could come in now and do a job."