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Last Updated: Friday, 14 December 2007, 19:44 GMT
Terry must lead England - Grant
John Terry
Terry was named captain when Steve McClaren became manager
Fabio Capello's appointment as England manager must not result in John Terry losing the captaincy, according to Chelsea manager Avram Grant.

The Italian was confirmed as successor to Steve McClaren on Friday and reports have suggested defender Terry might not retain the captain's armband.

"I don't think, I am sure he is the best captain England can have," said Grant of the Chelsea skipper.

"I am with John Terry every day and I haven't seen another captain like him."

An FA spokesman confirmed on Wednesday that any decision on the captaincy would be made by the new England manager.


There is reportedly a growing feeling of unease within FA headquarters about Terry's attitude towards referees and certain off-field issues.

Terry led players who confronted referee Andre Marriner after Michael Essien's dismissal against Derby in November, for which the Blues were charged

And he also appeared to grab Mike Dean's red card when Mikel Jon Obi was sent off against Manchester United in September.

But Grant insists Terry, who replaced David Beckham as captain soon after McClaren became manager in August 2006, insists there is only one man for the job.

"You saw what happened when he didn't play against Croatia and against Russia, not just as a player but as a captain," Grant added.

"In hard times he knows how to bring everyone together. When you have a player who has a problem, John helps him.

"He is a great, great captain. You will not find anybody better than him and I don't think Fabio Capello is stupid, he knows that."

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