Former Hammer and Hoops striker Leroy Rosenior has joined the John Terry lynch mob, calling on Radio 5 Live for Terry to be dropped from the England squad for the sake of unity. Now I'm not sure if it is the Rangers connection which has inspired this, or if the debate is now dividing down race lines, but I consider Rosenior's comments to be out of order. Capello wanted to retain Terry as captain, so he certainly values him as a player. Why should he be dropped on the basis of unproven allegations exactly?
Meanwhile the hacks seem intent on driving a wedge between Capello and the FA. I thought his comments were spot on personally, and if he was not consulted ahead of the decision to stand Terry down from the captaincy then he unquestionably had the right to voice his objections. He is the coach / manager and all matters relating to the team should be down to him alone. Can you imagine the Man Utd board sacking Ferguson's selected captain against his wishes? There would be hell to pay! But the Press are coming over all sanctimonious and high and mighty, claiming Capello is in breach of contract and insisting he should resign if he doesn't like it.
So once again, as a major tournament approaches, the press are stirring things up, doing their level best to undermine the manager and derail the campaign. Why? Because it sells bloody newspapers of course! Who cares about the national team when there's huge issues like name calling at stake? What a farce!