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Don Malhumorado
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Well, that's a bit of a shock. Alan Green is going to be apoplectic.
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Bored Of The Dance
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Rio Ferdinand if nobody knows.
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Hieronymus Bosch
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Sweet fucking jesus.
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Etienne
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I can only assume
a) Capello thinks giving him some responsibility will make him try and use his brain
b) He's the only player Capello actually thinks he's certain to pick.

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ursus arctos
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quote:
"Capello has confirmed this continues his policy of rotating the captaincy between players in the friendly matches before confirming a permanent captain for the World Cup qualifying games."

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Don Malhumorado
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You'd have to wonder how Terry and Gerard are going to take this news. Or if Terry is even going to be in the team.
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ad hoc
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Who else is it going to be? The captaincy went to terry's head, Gerrard and Lampard can't have it because they're supposed to be equals or something, and Gary Neville and Lil Mickey are always injured. It basically comes down to Ferdinand or David James.
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blackdogbeak
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But, still..
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Crusoe
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The John Terry peg-lowering exercise bit of this is the only good news.

[ 25.03.2008, 14:05: Message edited by: Crusoe ]

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Hieronymus Bosch
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Ferdinand's been playing brilliantly all season, but if he's officer material, I'm a set of exquisitely-illustrated encyclopaedias.
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Oh man. Rio fucking Ferdinand? Hahahaha. Has anyone made any armband/tourniquet jokes yet?

It's a bit of a metaphorical kick in the teeth to take the captaincy away from John Terry, so soon after he'd been given it, and when he's still in his playing prime. And Gerrard must have assumed he'd be next in line. I wonder what this will do to squad morale (even if Ferdinand is popular in the dressing room).

I think the measure of this decision is: can you imagine how Alex Ferguson would react if you told him Rio Ferdinand ought to be the captain of Manchester United?

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ursus arctos
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Guys, it is for one meaningless friendly.
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Rio Ferdinande does captain Man U from time to time.
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Dr. Hofzinser
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As ursus says, it's for one friendly match - he's not been installed as the long-term captain or anything.

Personally I think Terry will ultimately be made the long term captain, and this is just Capello's way of making it clear who's boss, and trying to ensure that Terry doesn't get too big for his boots, or think that the captaincy is his by divine right.

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Other than massaging the ego of one specific big boy other the others, shaking hands and exchanging pennants with the opposition captain and calling heads or tails, are there still any international (or club, for that matter) captains who can really affect matters on the pitch?

I mean, it's not like cricket, where the captain places the field, decides to bat/bowl/declare/change bowlers etc, or rugby, where they decide which options to take at penalties etc.

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