Fabio Capello announced that Chelsea defender John Terry has been reinstated as permanent England captain.
In the Euro 2012 Qualifier against Wales next week, Terry will lead England out again after having been stripped of the role 13 months after an alleged affair with a team-mate's former girl friend. Terry succeeds Rio Ferdinand with immediate effect.
The past week had seen immense speculation on whether Terry would be reinstated as skipper after Capello stated that he was unhappy with the way the armband was passed around at the match against Denmark, despite Terry being on-field. With both Ferdinand and vice-captain Steven Gerrard injured, it led to increasing speculation that Terry would be taking the role on a full-time basis.
However, later in the week, Capello said that he was misunderstood and that he didn't understand the word permanent, leading to criticisms from the tabloids over his handling of the affair.
He ended the speculation when he spoke to the Wembley media on Saturday saying Terry would assume the captain's role on a full-time basis.
I decided John Terry would be the captain for this game (against Wales) because, after the game in Copenhagen, the way the armband was moved around was upsetting for him, Capello said. Also, I said my decision would be the day before the (Wales) game because I wanted to speak with the players, I wanted to speak with John Terry. I also knew the England doctors spoke with the doctors of Manchester United and Liverpool and I knew that Rio and Steven Gerrard were injured.
But I have decided that John Terry, after one year of punishment, will again be the permanent captain. I think one year's punishment is enough. He was my first choice when I (initially) decided on the permanent captain.