Should Terry go to Euro 2012 at all?
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.