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Martinez: Terry revelations will affect England dressing room

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is in no doubt revelations surrounding England and Chelsea captain John Terry's private life will impact on the national team dressing room. Calls for the defender to be stripped of the captaincy have been criticised as a "witch hunt" by England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce, one of Capello's assistants in the senior squad.

But Martinez said there would be an obvious consequence of Terry's situation.

When asked if issues off the pitch should have an effect on it, the Spaniard said: "In a way, yes.

"As a captain you represent a group of individuals and if that (off-field issues) affects the respect the other individuals have in you it is going to have an effect.

"That is down to the manager and players to make that decision. Only Fabio Capello, John Terry and the players know that relationship.

"But when you have such a public role you are going to be affected by it.

"Being a captain is a very intense role and is something which has no margin for error because the role you have on the pitch, in your football club, is more important than your private life."

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