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Capello to decide 'disgraced' Terry's fate next month

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London, Feb. 2 (ANI): Despite calls for England coach Fabio Capello to strip John Terry of the captaincy following the surfacing of his scandalous affair with team-mate Wayne Bridge's partner, the Italian is unlikely to take any decision until next month, when the squad meets for a friendly against Egypt.

On Monday, England Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe urged the Football Association (FA) to explain its stance on Terry, whose position has been under threat since he failed with a High Court injunction to stop newspapers reporting his extramarital affair with Vanessa Perroncel, a lingerie model and former partner of Bridge.

It is understood that Capello is keen to see the dynamics between the players before making a decision, The Times reports.

Capello has been monitoring developments from his holiday home in Switzerland, where he is recovering from a knee operation, and has not yet spoken to Terry about the allegations.

He is expected to return to England on Thursday and it is understood he will meet with Franco Baldini, his assistant, to discuss the matter.

The Chelsea captain trained this morning and is expected to take the field for tomorrow night's match against Hull City, while his distraught wife Toni remains in Dubai with their three-year-old twins, Georgie and Summer.

The couple have been in telephone contact. Sources close to Terry said last night that saving his marriage was his "only priority".

The revelations have left Terry, Britain's highest-paid footballer, on 150,000 pounds a week, fighting to save his reputation and struggling to retain the England captaincy.

Perroncel, the mother of Bridge's child and Terry's neighbour in the Surrey village of Oxshott, is reported to have had an abortion after becoming pregnant by the England captain. (ANI)

Story first published: Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 14:32 [IST]
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