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Don't take the p***

John Terry has spoken about his pain at being stripped of the England captaincy, after his affair with Wayne Bridge’s ex-girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel was revealed to the world.

The former England skipper, who is currently sidelined with a nerve injury that could keep him away from football for months, said that he accepted Fabio Capello’s decision, but that he found it disrespectful when the armband was passed around during the Egypt friendly without it ever going to him.

‘I understood the decision at the time,’ said Terry. ‘Fabio said he wanted to take the spotlight off me, although if I am honest I thought it had the reverse effect. But I would never dislike him for that. He is the manager, he lives by his decisions. People presume we fell out, but there was no shouting and screaming the day he told me. I accepted it. I said to Fabio I would continue to train and play exactly as I had before, then we shook hands and that was it.’

‘I suppose the only time I felt disappointed was during the next game against Egypt, which was a friendly, and the armband got passed around between five or six players. I just felt, ‘OK, I've been stripped of the captaincy, but don't take the p*** out of me.’ Fabio had told me I was still a big voice in the dressing room and he wanted that to continue, but on the night it felt the opposite.

‘Had I got the armband third, even fourth, I would have been happy, but Steven Gerrard was captain and first he went off, then Frank Lampard got it, and then Lamps went off and they gave it to Gareth Barry, and then he went off and it was anybody's. I think they would have given it to one of the stewards ahead of me. Even if it was a friendly, we were still there to win and you should put your best people in charge. People might not like to hear this, but I just thought it was a little disrespectful.’

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