England captain John Terry insists he has players’ backing
The 30-year-old defender insists he has the support of the England squad after being reappointed captain
John Terry admits he may not have the backing of all England supporters following his reinstatement as captain – but insists he has the full support of his team-mates.
Terry was reappointed the permanent England skipper by manager Fabio Capello last weekend just over a year after the Italian stripped the 30-year-old of the armband amid allegations over his private life.
Capello has faced criticism over his decision to drop Rio Ferdinand from the role but Terry says the England players have accepted the Italian’s choice.
“I’m not going to be everybody’s cup of tea, but it is the decision the manager has taken,” Terry said.
“When the manager confronted the team on the training pitch, he asked the players if they had any questions and nobody spoke.
“Nobody said a world to the manager, nobody said a word to me. Respect for the players around me and the manager has always been there.”
Terry added: “I think as a group of players we’re coming here looking forward to playing for our country and looking forward to putting on the shirt.”
The Chelsea captain also revealed that he has spoken to Ferdinand since his reinstatement. He continued: “Rio called me which was a very nice touch and goes to show what a great man Rio is.
“We had a 10-minute conversation and he wished me well. He He cares about England and said the most important thing was to keep winning.
“He was naturally disappointed, but said the most important thing was to keep winning.”