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Political meddling

The furore surrounding where John Terry has put his appendage isn’t about to die, as all manner of hypocritical journalists and politicians are set to have their say on the moral fibre of the England captain, and whether his frankly well-known wandering eye should all of a sudden effect his captaincy - as though previous England captains like Bryan Robson or Tony Adams were paragons of virtue.

Anyway, the first politician to stick his ore in where it’s not wanted is the sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe, who saw the opportunity for headlines and grabbed it like a true political hack, safe in the knowledge his opinion will have no actual effect on what happens, and that the responsibility rests on Fabio Capello’s shoulders.

‘On the field John Terry is a fantastic player and a good England captain,’ Sutcliffe said. ‘But to be the captain of England you have got to have wider responsibilities for the country and, clearly, if these allegations are proven – and at the moment they are only allegations – then it does call into question his role as England captain. I speak to the FA on a regular basis so I will be asking what their viewpoint is and we will see what comes of it in the future.’

Which leaves us with an interesting dilemma: is it Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard who will fill the post that has suddenly become a position of moral authority?

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