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John Terry New England Skipper

John Terry New England Skipper

Chelsea skipper John Terry has been appointed as England's new captain. Terry takes over the armband from David Beckham who stepped down at the end of the World Cup.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, also tipped for the job, has been appointed vice-captain.

Terry, 25 and capped 29 times, has helped Chelsea win two consecutive Premier League titles and established himself with England as a first-choice central defender.

Terry said: 'It is the ultimate honour to be the captain of your country and I am very proud to be given this great opportunity. It is an incredible challenge and one I am looking forward to very much.'


New vice-captain Steven Gerrard said: 'I would like to congratulate John on being appointed England captain. I'm sure he'll do a great job.'

England coach Steve McClaren said: 'Choosing a captain is one of the most important decisions a coach has to make.

'I'm certain I've got the right man in John Terry. I'm convinced he will prove to be one of the best captains England has ever had.'

Terry's first game as captain is a friendly against European champions Greece in Manchester next Wednesday.

Although we at Vital Liverpool feel that Gerrard would have been the better option, John Terry is still a very good choice and we wish him well in his new role.

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Writer:Gerry Ormonde
Date:Thursday August 10 2006
Time: 9:42PM

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stupid decision
Aamir
10/08/2006 22:02:00
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Im a Liverpool fan and i would have liked to see StevieG get the captaincy for his own personal pride. However, John Terry is fantastic player and a model professional so congratulations to him.
artful_dodger74
10/08/2006 22:23:00
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" aamir- why is it stupid? its the best and most popular decision"
millers4eva
10/08/2006 22:47:00
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A great decision. Well done McLaren.
sandgroanun
10/08/2006 23:04:00
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its stupid because if you look at what stevie has done for the reds, its far more important than what terry has done.
Aamir
10/08/2006 23:16:00
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You're right, JT hasn't done as much for the reds as Gerrard has.
Eng&ChelsCapt-JT
10/08/2006 23:41:00
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Aamir I love to say I told you so. The chaps rally around JT! Give up kid - you lost. Now go outside and kick a ball and get off your computer!
USA
11/08/2006 02:45:00
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Aamir..... I totally agree....Gerard is a much more vocal captain and would be a much better choice than Terry, Terry is a dirty player and not a good role model at all, USA yawn....you really are boring BUG*ER off.
sidyid
11/08/2006 06:14:00
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Garrad should have been given the armband....a far better and more influential manager!
Druss_the_Legend
11/08/2006 08:54:00
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I notice McClaren wasn't asking Gerrard to get the team up during the World Cup. Gerrard can inspire a team with his performance on the pitch and will continue to do so as Vice Captain, but JT is the man!
Westl
11/08/2006 09:24:00
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