Comments on: Europeans baffled by fuss over Terry’s private life World Soccer views and news Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:27:51 +0000 hourly 1 By: sgevans Sun, 07 Feb 2010 20:50:41 +0000 Very true Brian, particularly about captaincy only being such a big deal in England. In Italy, the skipper was generally just the oldest regular starter in the team. If he was missing it went to the next oldest. So when Maldini retired the armband went to Cannavaro – there was no discussion or debate.

It only seems to be England that considers the position to be on a par with government or the royal family.

And yet, despite having this bizarre obsession (one which I suspect has its roots in the education system with prefects etc) the English allow an Italian to run their team and to appoint as captain a player who served an eight month ban for breaking dope test rules.