Should John Terry be stripped of England captaincy?

John Terry's future as captain of England will likely be decided Friday after recent reports he had an extramarital affair with the ex-girlfriend of England teammate Wayne Bridge.
Wayne Bridge, left, consoles England teammate John Terry following defeat at the 2006 World Cup Germany. ((Shaun Botterill/Getty Images))

John Terry's future as captain of the English national team remains in doubt after recent reports he had an extramarital affair with the ex-girlfriend of England teammate Wayne Bridge.

Capello, Terry to meet Friday

England coach Fabio Capello was set to meet with John Terry on Friday to discuss his future as captain following a media storm over his private life.

Capello refused to answer reporters’ questions outside his London home before going to his Wembley Stadium office to deliberate over whether Terry can continue to lead England going into the World Cup.

Terry woke up to more potentially damaging headlines and negative opinion pieces Friday about his personal conduct, a week after the married Chelsea defender lost a High Court battle to ban publication of an alleged relationship with England teammate Wayne Bridge’s former girlfriend.

Terry was due to explain his actions to Capello once he had completed a Chelsea training session ahead of Sunday’s top-of-the-table Premier League match against Arsenal.

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Last week, the English High Court lifted an injunction preventing the details of the alleged affair between Terry and Vanessa Perroncel, a French actress and lingerie model, from being published in the media.

At the time of the affair, Terry and Bridge were teammates at English Premier League club Chelsea, and played alongside each other on England's national team. Terry married his long-term girlfriend, Toni Poole, in 2007, while Bridge and Perroncel split last year.

Both Terry, who succeeded David Beckham as national team captain in 2006, and Bridge, who now plays for Manchester City, are expected to be named to manager Fabio Capello's England roster for this summer's World Cup in South Africa.

Capello hasn't publically addressed the situation, but that hasn't stopped the English press from speculating on Terry's future as England captain.

Countless column inches in the top English daily newspapers and tabloids have pontificated on the controvery, while one high-profile politician has called into question Terry's role as England captain.

"On the field, John Terry is a fantastic player and a good England captain," Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe told Sky News TV.

"But to be the captain of England, you have got to have wider responsibilities for the country and clearly if these allegations are proven — and at the moment they are only allegations — then it does call into question his role as England captain."

What do you think?

Will the allegations of Terry's extramarital affair be a distraction for England at the World Cup? Should he be stripped of the captain's armband? Does it even matter what Terry, considered one of the best central defenders in the game, does in his private life?

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