I’m sure most of you couldn’t care less who captains England. Most of the time, I can’t either and, trust me, it isn’t anything other than a minor topic of conversation in pubs the length and breadth of the country.
However, it clearly matters to some of those directly involved.
Personally I think it’s outrageous that the armband should be returned to someone who also exploited the obvious commercial benefits it brought and alienated colleagues with his dubious morals. Contrary to Fabio Capello’s reasoning, a year isn’t enough punishment for John Terry.
Nor, in Terry’s absence, would I ever have considered giving it to someone like Rio Ferdinand who served a long suspension after missing a drugs’ test: that was some example to set.
And I’m appalled at how the England coach has handled this whole shoddy affair: declaring his intentions during a media lunch’, then prevaricate as if his lack of English had been misunderstood and finally to treat Ferdinand shamefully, not even telling him to his face.
Does Capello want the sack?
Few inside the auditorium appeared to ‘get’ Gary Lineker’s little asides during that Champions League draw. I thought his best came when his hand hovered above the balls in the bowl and he said: “Just checking to see if any of them are hot.”