Terry keen to keep armband

Blues ace desperate to continue leading England from the front

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 13/12/07 9:31am

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Terry: Keen to retain armband

Terry: Keen to retain armband

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John Terry is desperate to retain the England captain's armband, but will accept the new manager's decision should he opt for a new skipper.

One of former head coach Steve McClaren's first duties was to name the Chelsea defender as his new captain in place of experienced midfielder David Beckham.

However, with England closing in on a new head coach, believed to be Fabio Capello, Terry could lose the armband once the new regime is in place.

Respect his decision

"The new manager can change things completely," he is quoted as saying in The Sun. "That's his decision and I fully respect whatever he decides.

"Whoever the manager is he'll make the right decision for England - not for John Terry or Steven Gerrard or for anyone.

"But I want to keep the armband and drive this thing forward. I want to make England successful."

Difficult for a striker

The good news for Terry is that Capello has already stated he is against picking a striker as his captain, meaning he may opt for the Chelsea ace over the likes of Michael Owen or Wayne Rooney.

The former Real Madrid boss has gone with strikers and his team leader in the past, although he believes their selfish instincts often have a detrimental effect on the team.

"A coach must create a team discipline and then leave room for the individual qualities of the best players within the team discipline," revealed Capello.

"In my team I've had many, many leaders but one three of them were ever strikers - Marco van Basten, Raul and Alex Del Piero.

"It is difficult for a striker to become a leader because the selfish part of his soul must always come out."

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