Thursday, May 29, 2008

Capello hails Terry

Fabio Capello wished John Terry a happy holiday after the troubled defender banished the misery of Moscow by heading England towards victory over the USA at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Terry's goal just before half-time may not quite make up for missing the penalty that would have won the Champions League for Chelsea seven days ago.

But at least he can go away in the knowledge he has given himself some kind of redemption for his tearful failure at the Luzhniki Stadium.

"I am very pleased to see him score," said Capello.

"I am very happy for him and us. It was important for him to score. He can go on his holiday happy now."

Apart from giving himself personal satisfaction, in leading England to a 2-0 win, Terry may also have provided Capello with a dilemma over who to make permanent captain when the decision is made prior to the friendly with the Czech Republic on August 20.

It had been felt Capello was edging towards Rio Ferdinand but Terry must have impressed with his authoritative approach, so his chances of holding onto the job given to him by Steve McClaren have not yet disappeared.

"John Terry is a leader," said Capello. "He is a leader for Chelsea and also the national team.

"The captaincy will not be an easy decision and even in my own mind I do not know what the decision will be.

"But I will make my mind up and when I decide I will talk with the players."

In confirming seven of the nine players who appeared in the Champions League final will not be required to make the trip to Trinidad for Sunday's next friendly, Capello declared himself "happy" with what was probably England's best performance of his three matches in charge so far.

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