FA won't influence England captaincy decision

The Football Association will not dictate to the next England manager who his captain should be.

Reports have emerged that some senior figures within the FA hierarchy are unhappy with John Terry's position as national skipper and want him removed from the job.

Certain events off the field, plus the sight of Terry grabbing a red card out of the hand of referee Mike Dean when Mikel John Obi was sent off at Manchester United this season, have raised a question over whether the 28-year-old should be afforded his exalted status.

"As opposed to quotes from un-named sources, as the official spokesman of the Football Association, I am happy to confirm that the new manager, whoever he will be, will decide on who the team and who the captain is," said FA director of communications Adrian Bevington.

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