Despite the controversy surrounding John Terry following his alleged racist remarks towards Anton Ferdinand, England manager Fabio Capello is reportedly including the defender in his provisional England squad for the friendlies against Sweden and Spain next month.
Although no charges have yet been brought against Terry, the incident is being investigated by the Football Association, Hammersmith and Fulham police. If the allegations are proven to be true, Terry will no doubt be stripped of his captaincy of the national team and will face severe punishment.
Terry is said to be keen to play, although Capello’s decision to include him in the squad will require a discussion with the FA, such is the seriousness of the accusations levelled against him.
The final squad is to be announced on Sunday, with many believing that it would be more beneficial for the team if Capello was to leave the 30-year-old off the list, as both the furore surrounding him and his bad form against Montenegro have made many raise doubts as to whether or not Capello should abandon him as part of his attempts to shake up the ailing squad.
Terry admits that he used offensive words to Anton Ferdinand, but says that he only shouted them as a denial after Ferdinand accused him of making a racist remark. Chelsea are investigating the vile chants concerning Anton Ferdinand made at the Cristal Arena on Tuesday, as supporters shouted “Anton Ferdinand, you know what you are” at the QPR defender, in reference to Terry’s alleged remarks. Those caught on CCTV shouting the racial slurs will reportedly be banned from all future matches.
Anton’s brother Rio Ferdinand donned a “United Against Racism” armband as Manchester United went head-to-head with Otelul Galati last night.
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