Terry loses England captaincy until his racism court trial; available for EURO selection

The Football Association have confirmed that John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy until after his racism court trial. The decision was explained to the Chelsea defender and England manager Fabio Capello by FA chairman David Bernstein in phone calls this morning.

Fallen rom grace: John Terry during an Euro 2012 qualifying match
against Switzerland last year. Pic/AFP

The FA said in a statement: "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 resolved."

Capello will be free to pick Terry for England friendlies and Euro 2012. Terry has been accused of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand, a charge which he denies, during a match at Loftus Road in October last year. A spokesman for the player declined to comment this morning.

It is the second time the Chelsea captain has been stripped of the England armband having also lost it two years ago after allegations surrounding his private life came to light.