Should Terry go to Euro 2012 at all?

February 3, 2012

So now we know. John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy (again) but is available for selection for Euro 2012, which ends days before the start of his trial for alleged racist abuse.

Of course, Terry is innocent until found guilty and most fans would agree he should not be dropped from the team because of a so far unproven allegation, which he denies.

Related issues must come into coach Fabio Capello’s thinking though when selecting his Euro squad.

Firstly, will worries over the court case affect Terry’s form? Let’s face it, the centre back is not the player he once was. The likes of Joleon Lescott, Phil Jagielka and Chelsea team mate Gary Cahill are champing at the bit to take his place assuming Rio Ferdinand will recover full fitness and be the other main centre back. Which leads me onto the second point.

How will Rio react to playing with Terry, a man accused of racially abusing his brother Anton?

How will other black players in the England squad react to Terry and could it upset the team’s hopes in Ukraine and Poland? Stripping him of the captaincy alleviates some of the issues but bigger ones may remain.

Capello has a massive decision to make.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas was helped out of a corner by Terry being injured for this weekend’s match with Manchester United, meaning an awkward Rio v John moment is avoided.


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Let’s take a look at what has happened: A. The hearing at the Crown Court was a fiasco. If the court had stop to think and not listened to Chelsea, The FA and JT’s Agent the case would haves gone on and this debockle would have been avoided. Why did the court listen to men with financial interests? If JT was injured for a long streach The robber Barons would have lost their investments just the same.
I say treat JT as any regular citisen have the trial and get it over with. Would the Crown Court give you or I this approch to delaying the case because we had an important engagement that we needed to prepare for, I don’t thing so.

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