John Terry returns as captain of England

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It appears that Chelsea defender John Terry has been forgiven by Fabio Capello for his recent errors of judgement, as he sees a return to the captain's armband for his country.

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Terry has been reinstated as captain by the England manager, in a move that has been widely expected by pundits for some time.

The Chelsea player lost his captaincy to Rio Ferdinand due to an alleged affair with Wayne Bridge's former partner – the speculation left Terry with a huge backlash of criticism from the press, primarily because of the fact that Bridge was a teammate of Terry's. Extra pressure was also put on Capello to remove Terry from his role as captain, when it emerged that Bridge had fathered a child with his former partner.

Despite this, it now seems that the Italian has forgiven Terry and is ready to bring him back as captain, in time for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales.

"After one year of punishment, Terry will again be the permanent captain. I think one year's punishment is enough." said Capello.

Many have criticised Capello for his move, as it is believed that Manchester United defender Ferdinand is thought to be less than understanding of the England manager's rationale. Ferdinand is currently injured and it is speculated that Capello will be meeting with him on Wednesday at Old Trafford, in order to fully explain the reasoning for the reinstatement.

"Sometimes the leader can make mistakes - not only him but I, you, all the people. It is not a risk making Terry captain again. He understood the mistake and he learnt from his mistakes.” added Capello, when asked if bring Terry back was a wise move.

England will face Wales on March 26th, with Stan James and Sky Bet offering 11/2 odds of a victory for Wales, while Paddy Power offer odds of 15/2 for the same result.

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