John Terry may have hoped having his trial for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand put back until after Euro 2012 would allow him to continue unchallenged as England captain – but the reality is very different.
Terry will not stand trial until July but many people believe even having the allegation hanging over him is enough to see him removed as England captain.
BBC Sport is reporting that Terry will not stand down himself and Fabio Capello will once again have a tough decision to make regarding the England captaincy.
He was forced to remove Terry as skipper once before prior to the 2010 World Cup following his alleged affair with Wayne Bridge’s girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel.
However, that was done under huge pressure from the FA and media and, after injuries to Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand left England lacking in leaders, Terry was swiftly reinstated.
This is a more serious situation though and, while many will argue that Terry is innocent until proven guilty, the effect on the team and squad if they are forced to follow a leader they have no faith in could cause major problems for England’s chances.
England are currently 9/1 fourth favourites to win Euro 2012 but if preparations continue to be disruptive for Capello’s side then a more short-term bet may be worth taking on.
England finished second behind the USA in their World Cup group – and that was a supposedly easy group that contained Algeria and Slovenia.
The unrest leading into South Africa 2010 hardly helped England’s cause and backing France to win England’s group in the summer at 13/8 could be worth consideration.