FA takes England captaincy from Terry

    John Terry last captained England during a friendly match against Sweden in November.

    Story highlights

    • English FA decides that John Terry should not be England skipper ahead of his court case
    • Terry faces charges of racially abusing an opponent while playing for Chelsea last year
    • He will still be able to play for England at the Euro 2012 finals before the hearing begins
    • Chelsea's manager says the 31-year-old defender will remain captain of the London club
    John Terry has been stripped of the captaincy of England's national soccer team due to his court case over charges of alleged racial abuse, which starts in July.
    However, the English Football Association said that the Chelsea defender would still be able to play at the Euro 2012 finals, which will finish before the hearing begins on July 9.
    Terry's lawyer entered a not guilty plea at Wednesday's initial court visit, when the judge decided it would be better to start the case after the tournament because Chelsea's submission said key players would not be available as witnesses until then.
    "The Board has discussed the matter in detail and has collectively decided it is in the interests of all parties that John has the responsibilities of captaincy removed at this time," the FA said in a statement on Friday.
    "This decision has been taken due to the higher profile nature of the England captaincy, on and off the pitch, and the additional demands and requirements expected of the captain leading into and during a tournament."