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Stripped: John Terry loses England captaincy again

Chelsea defender was called at just before 10am this morning by Football Association chairman David Bernstein to break the news.

Updated 12.01pm

JOHN TERRY HAS again been stripped of the England captaincy.

It is the second time the Chelsea skipper has lost the armband.

Terry was called at just before 10am this morning by Football Association chairman David Bernstein to announce the decision of FA chiefs, according to the Daily Mail.

The decision comes after the announcement that Terry’s court case will not take place until July 9 – after England’s Euro 2012 campaign in Poland and Ukraine.

An FA statement reads: “Following the decision to adjourn the court case against John Terry to July, The Football Association confirm he will not captain the England team until the allegations against him are resolved.

“The FA Board expected the trial to be concluded prior to the European Championship. Further to Wednesday’s confirmation that the trial will not take place until after the tournament, the Board has discussed the matter in detail and has collectively decided it is in the interests of all parties that John has the responsibilities of captaincy removed at this time.

“This decision has been taken due to the higher profile nature of the England captaincy, on and off the pitch, and the additional demands and requirements expected of the captain leading into and during a tournament.

“The FA Board can confirm that he has not been excluded from the squad and that Fabio Capello is free to select him for the Holland fixture on 29 February and the European Championship.

“FA chairman David Bernstein has spoken to both John Terry and Fabio Capello to explain the facts to them. Fabio Capello has not been involved in The FA Board discussions which reached this conclusion, but understands that The FA Board has authority to make this decision. Fabio Capello will take the decision as to who will be made captain moving forward.

“This decision in no way infers any suggestion of guilt in relation to the charge made against John Terry. The FA will be not be making any further comment on this matter.”

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