Frank Lampard to captain England against Spain
Frank Lampard to lead England against Spain, while John Terry will captain the side for Sweden clash
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will captain England against Spain at Wembley on Saturday, manager Fabio Capello has confirmed.
The England boss also revealed that permanent skipper John Terry will not start the clash against the world champions – but the centre-half is set to regain the captaincy for Tuesday’s friendly with Sweden.
Capello insists his decision to hand Lampard the armband had nothing to do with ongoing investigations into alleged racist comments made by Terry to Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.
“I decided everything before what happened,” Capello said. “I don’t like to speak about this.”
“He is the team leader. He will play against Sweden but tomorrow he will be on the bench. We have six substitutions and I will decide on them during the game.
And Capello refused to comment on the allegations, just adding: “For me, he [Terry] is innocent until proven guilty, absolutely. I respect every decision but I cannot speak about this.”
Meanwhile, England’s temporary captain Lampard has expressed his delight at being able to lead his country out at Wembley.
“It will be my proudest moment in an England shirt I think and I’ve had a few, playing in tournaments but to lead your country out at Wembley, at your home ground, is a very special moment,” he said. “I’m absolutely delighted.”
But the 33-year-old insists he has no ambition to keep the hold of the role on a permanent basis and he is more than happy to see Terry re-assume the responsibility for the visit of Sweden.
“I’ve no hold on the captain’s armband, I’ve no wishes to try and get it, I’m 33 now, I’m just very honoured to have it for the second time,” the Chelsea star said.
“John’s the captain, it’s been well stated, and he’s a very very good captain.”
And Lampard is backing his Chelsea team-mate to come through another difficult period.
“John’s coping just fine, he’s coping as he’s always coped,” Lampard added. “We’ve all had our moments in football, I’ve had them personally when it’s a difficult time for whatever reason, and John certainly has a very very strong character, everyone know that.
“We’ve all carried on with our jobs as normal, and John’s the same. When you see John on Tuesday and in the future you’ll see exactly the same John as usual.”