John Terry thanks Fabio Capello for support

John Terry
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John Terry admits that he appreciated the support of Fabio Capello during the England captaincy saga which eventually led to the Italian's departure as England manager.

Chelsea skipper John Terry has admitted that he appreciated the support of former England manager Fabio Capello during the England captaincy saga.

Capello resigned as England manager after disagreeing with the Football Association's decision to strip Terry of the captaincy because of charges of racial abuse.

"Quite clearly, Fabio backed me," Terry told reporters ahead of tomorrow's last-16 Champions League clash with Napoli.

"That comes from a relationship with myself and him, the relationship we built up.

"I stood for him on the football pitch, and he stood up for me off the pitch. I respect that from him, I respect him as a man and for what he did for me. Complete respect both ways."

Capello's successor, whoever that may be, will be able to select Terry for this summer's European Championships but not to restore him as skipper.

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