Terry wins Adams' backing as Capello keeps his counsel

England's captain for tomorrow night's friendly against the Czech Republic – and more importantly the forthcoming World Cup qualification campaign – will be announced later today but yesterday one of the previous incumbents, Tony Adams, made it unequivocally clear who he would back to wear the armband.

It has come down to a straight choice between John Terry and Rio Ferdinand with the indications from the England camp being that manager Fabio Capello was, even last night, still weighing up the merits of the two central defenders. "It's 50-50," said one source, with none of the 23-man squad privy to the manager's decision – if one has been reached. Adams, however, said he would choose Chelsea's captain.

"John Terry. One hundred per cent," he said. "I went on record before the last World Cup and nothing has changed. He's still a great leader, a great footballer, a great man. I think you can see it on the pitch. John Terry can lead and organise better than anyone else. He's a bit more vocal. He has communication skills. He attacks the ball, he's strong, he's quick, he has the experience now. I think he's a good leader.

"If there is a captain there to help you win the football game then you make him captain. It's simple. And if I want to win football games then I would have JT as my skipper."

Indeed there has been a growing sense around the England set-up in the past few weeks that Terry, with his strong displays at the end of last season and the way he has conducted himself, may have done enough to convince the Italian that he should be retained. If Terry succeeds in doing so it will represent a remarkable comeback for the 27-year-old after the débâcle of the Steve McClaren regime.

He had clearly fallen behind Ferdinand in Capello's thinking and, at one stage, was accused of moping around. Last night, however, sources continued to stress that it was too close to call between the pair.

It has been a curiosity of Capello's stewardship that the captaincy – which he claimed was not an issue for Italians, who are happy to award it to the player with the most number of caps – has become such a big issue. The choice has been shrouded in secrecy before today's official unveiling. Capello, who probably would have reverted to David Beckham had the midfielder been playing in Europe, is understood to have found the whole procedure irritating, although it is of importance to FA officials.

"I would not have got in the situation because I would have had a clear captain for the past four years," Adams, who was speaking at an England fans forum hosted by sponsors Nationwide Building Society, said. "Capello will probably do it the Italian way and just get a bib and say 'there you go, you are skipper'."

The 41-year-old former Arsenal defender, who won 66 England caps and is now a coach at Portsmouth, said the delay in naming a captain, and the rehearsal of various candidates, was a ploy by Capello to buy himself time.

"Putting myself in his shoes, and not sure of the characters he's got, maybe he needed the time and he's given himself the space," he said.

Nevertheless it has led to a re-run of a situation that Adams found himself in back in the 1998 World Cup qualifying campaign when he vied with Alan Shearer for the England captaincy under Glenn Hoddle's stewardship.

"I have some resentment at the way Glenn Hoddle handled Alan Shearer and myself," Adams said before admitting that that was mainly due to the fact that he was not chosen. "I do honestly feel I could have contributed a lot more in '98 and I did kind of take my foot off the pedal. There was a lot going on and the decision may have influenced me."

Adams, who said he had spent time witnessing Capello's coaching techniques at Juventus, claimed that some of the English players may find his "continual mental approach a little strange".

"The English psyche is less regimented and has more freedom," Adams said. "It [the change] was maybe needed. It's not an issue at the moment because it's new but there are one or two rebellious characters who he needs to get onside." He declined to say who he thought those rebels were.

Arts and Entertainment
Joel Edgerton, John Turturro and Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings
film
Arts and Entertainment
Brendan O'Carroll as Agnes Brown in the 2014 Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas special
tvCould Mrs Brown's Boys have taken lead for second year?
News
Members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community walk with a rainbow flag during a rally in July
news
Sport
footballLive! Chelsea vs West Ham kicked off 10 Boxing Day matches, with Arsenal vs QPR closing the action
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in Tim Burton's Big Eyes
film reviewThis is Tim Burton’s most intimate and subtle film for a decade
Arts and Entertainment
Jack O'Connell stars as Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken
film review... even if Jack O'Connell is excellent
Arts and Entertainment
Madonna is not in Twitter's good books after describing her album leak as 'artistic rape and terrorism'
music14 more 'Rebel Heart' tracks leaked including Pharrell Williams collaboration
Sport
football
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all