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Chelsea's John Terry dropped by Fabio Capello as England captain after Vanessa Perroncel allegations

England manager Fabio Capello has stripped controversial Chelsea star John Terry of the England captaincy

The move follows a 12-minute long meeting between the two men in the wake of days of revelations over Terry's alleged affair with the ex-partner of former Chelsea team-mate Wayne Bridge, underwear model Vanessa Perroncel.

Before the meeting, the Football Association had made clear that Capello alone will decide the 29-year-old Chelsea defender's fate.

Capello was understood to have wanted to have the captaincy issue settled before he travels to Warsaw for the qualifying draw for the 2012 European Championships this weekend.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed the player will remain as club captain but has suggested that he will be allowed time away from the team if he needs it.

Although Capello has not clarified whether he still intends to select Terry, it is understood he has already confirmed Rio Ferdinand will replace the Chelsea man, with Steven Gerrard acting as his deputy.

"When I chose John Terry as captain, I also selected a vice-captain and also named a third choice," said Capello.

"There is no reason to change this decision.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the FA, particularly Lord David Triesman and Ian Watmore for allowing me to make this decision in my own time and in the best interest of the team."

Capello has only been in the job for just over two years but it is a measure of his standing within the English game that both FA chairman Lord Triesman and chief executive Watmore were happy to let him make the judgement.

Equally, team sponsors Nationwide have been quick to offer their support.

"The captaincy of the England football team is a matter for Fabio Capello and the Football Association. It is not a matter for the team sponsor," said Nationwide spokesman Chris Hull.

"These are private matters and not a matter for Nationwide. Nationwide is the England team sponsor and not the sponsor of any one individual."

Terry kept his own comments brief.

However, he had little option other than to accept Capello's decision and gave a broad hint that he would continue to be involved with the national team.

"I fully respect Fabio Capello's decision," Terry said in a statement released to Press Association Sport.

"I will continue to give everything for England."

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