* Second time skipper Terry loses England honour
* Villas-Boas keeps him as Chelsea skipper
* Knee injury rules him out of United clash
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By Mike Collett
LONDON, Feb 3 John Terry has been stripped
of the England captaincy by the FA but will continue to captain
Chelsea, his club manager Andre Villas-Boas said on Friday.
The 31-year-old Chelsea centre back is awaiting trial after
pleading not guilty on Wednesday to a charge of racially abusing
Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier
League match at Loftus Road in October.
The trial date is set for July 9 - eight days after the end
of the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.
Terry will miss Sunday's Premier League match against
Manchester United at Stamford Bridge and a likely meeting with
Anton's brother Rio - his longtime partner in the centre of
England's defence - because of a knee injury which also ruled
him out of Chelsea's match at Swansea City on Tuesday.
Rio Ferdinand, who has also captained England in the past
and took over as skipper when Terry lost the captaincy for the
first time two years ago, said he did not want to be named as
his replacement again.
He said on Twitter on Friday: "I don't want to be England
captain after the last episode, just want to concentrate on
playing for United and if I make the squad then as ever I'll be
The FA made their decision on Friday, two days after Terry's
trial date was announced following an initial magistrates court
hearing. In a statement on its website (www.thefa.com), the FA
said: "Following the decision to adjourn the court case against
John Terry to July, The Football Association confirm he will not
captain the England team until the allegations against him are
"The FA Board expected the trial to be concluded prior to
the European Championship.
"Further to Wednesday's confirmation that the trial will not
take place until after the tournament, the board has discussed
the matter in detail and has collectively decided it is in the
interests of all parties that John has the responsibilities of
captaincy removed at this time.
"This decision has been taken due to the higher profile
nature of the England captaincy, on and off the pitch, and the
additional demands and requirements expected of the captain
leading into and during a tournament."
The FA confirmed he had not been excluded from the squad and
that manager Fabio Capello is free to select him for the
friendly against the Netherlands at Wembley on Feb. 29 and for
the European Championship itself.
FA Chairman David Bernstein spoke to both Terry and Capello
to explain the facts to them, the FA said.
"Fabio Capello has not been involved in The FA Board
discussions which reached this conclusion, but understands that
The FA Board has authority to make this decision," the statement
"This decision in no way infers any suggestion of guilt in
relation to the charge made against John Terry," the FA added.
It is the second time that Terry has been stripped of the
captaincy of the national team in two years. He has played for
England 67 times, 34 of them as captain and scored six goals.
He was first relieved of the armband by England manager
Capello in February 2010 following allegations of an
extra-marital affair, and re-instated as captain last year.
The Italian has so far stood by his skipper, maintaining
that Terry is innocent until proven guilty and that he should be
free to select him as he wishes.
After the match against the Dutch at the end of this month,
England face Norway and Belgium in other warm-up matches before
the Euros begin in June in which they face France, Sweden and
Ukraine in their opening group phase matches.
London bookmakers William Hill installed Liverpool's Steven
Gerrard as the 8-13 favourite to take over as captain with
Terry's Chelsea team mate Frank Lampard rated at 5-1 and Anton's
brother Rio at 7-1.
Terry however, will keep his job as Chelsea's skipper, his
manager said on Friday.
"I don't agree with the FA's decision," said Villas-Boas.
"The statement from the FA was pretty clear on what was
their decision-making. John will continue to be our captain. It
(the trial) doesn't compromise on my decision-making.
"It obviously compromises on the FA's decision-making."
As well as missing Sunday's match, Villas-Boas said he would
also probably miss next Saturday's match against Everton.
(Additional reporting by Toby Davis, editing by Pritha Sarkar)