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Terry stripped of England captaincy

Chelsea and England defender John Terry was stripped of the England captaincy on Friday amid allegations that he racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Terry was originally named captain of the national team in 2006, but was stripped of the role two years ago after allegations of an affair with the girlfriend of teammate Wayne Bridge.

He was reinstated as captain 13 months later, but has now lost his title again after the latest incident, with Terry's trial not set to take place until after the upcoming European Championships this summer.

An FA statement read:" Following the decision to adjourn the court case against John Terry to July, The Football Association confirm he will not captain the England team until the allegations against him are resolved.

"The FA Board expected the trial to be concluded prior to the European Championship. Further to Wednesday's confirmation that the trial will not take place until after the tournament, the board has discussed the matter in detail and has collectively decided it is in the interests of all parties that John has the responsibilities of captaincy removed at this time."