The phrase “John Terry, England captain” sticks in my throat.
Now let me be clear, I’m no Johnny come lately to the” how can this man be England captain” bandwagon – I’ve been a fully paid up member for years but it does seem to me that the allegations against his suitability for the role are so over-whelming that it beggars belief that he’s clung onto the armband for the best part of 5 years.
Allegedly sell the England Captains box to corporate punters? Not a problem. Allegedly take backhanders for people to go round the Chelsea training ground? Play on. Shag one of your team mates’ girlfriends? Par for the course. Allegedly call someone a black c**t? All in a day’s work.
I’m sure that so called friends and teammates will rally round and offer support, sycophantic journalists will defend him as “a man’s man” leading by example in the tough, tough world of premier league football and they’ll all call his spat with Ferdinand nothing more than a case of Gucci handbags at five paces. But this highlights a deeper problem which is that so idolised are these players that normally lucid people lose their ability to rationalise this appalling behaviour in a sober & measured fashion.
Anyone with a small semblance of reason can see that John Terry is a bad example to young kids, his behaviour demeans the men of character who have preceded him as England captain and who have borne that great honour with dignity, respect & humility.
Nothing would please me more than to hear that Rio Ferdinand has decided to withdraw from the next England squad on principle, to be followed by other men of character in the England team who are prepared to sacrifice a game of football for a deeper & more meaningful stand against all that is wrong with certain elements of the footballing elite in this country. Sadly this is about as likely as a player coming out and saying that referees are undervalued, under-paid and deserve more respect (all of which are true by the way).
John Terry has no place being the England captain, he’s an embarrassment and the sooner he’s replaced with someone who is willing to use the position to make a positive contribution to football in particular and society in general the better.
About the Author
Written by thesportingmouth
Here is a bit more about me…….. Having failed to make it as a world class sportsman in any discipline I now settle for posting the odd sporting blog. I’m a West Ham fan with a season ticket at Reading, I love test match cricket & major championship golf and I have a growing & non perverted interest in womens football – trust me it’s the next big thing. I believe that the FA is run by a bunch of chumps & that England will win every tournament they’re in, I’m right about one & misguided by optimism on the other. I coach a kids football team and ride a bike to try and keep fit but it’s fair to say I’m losing a one sided battle with my waistline. My favourite sporting event is the Ryder Cup, look out for me on the first tee of the first game on the first morning – home or away I’ll be there. I'm also a big fan of baseball and especially college football - 100,000 people to watch a bunch of amateur kids? How can that be anything but great sporting drama...