McClaren insists Chelsea's Terry was right captain for England

Steve McClaren has no regrets naming Chelsea defender John Terry as England captain while he was in charge.

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On the prospect of Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand being made England's new skipper, McClaren explained the thinking behind his decision when in charge of the national team to appoint Terry.

McClaren said: "John Terry was a simple choice, he was my kind of captain. Terry was captain of Chelsea, they were winning the Premier League and he was on the top of his game.

"He has character and the players respect and listen to him in the dressing room.

"It just followed on from the great job he was doing at Chelsea to do the same with England. But other people have different opinions.

"An international captain is very important. He is your eyes and ears in the dressing room and can help you nip in the bud any problems before they could explode.

"It is important the captain is a leader and has great character in the dressing room. There are many who have been captain and cannot handle the responsibility.

"Terry will never lose what he has and his vocal side. But you need several leaders that drive the others on."

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