Awkward! England to call up Terry and Rio
Published 22:30 26/10/11 By John Cross
Fabio Capello is ready to pick John Terry and Rio Ferdinand for England duty in 10 days.
The FA want the investigation into Terry’s alleged racist slur against Ferdinand’s younger brother Anton to be resolved by the end of next week.
And if Terry is cleared, the Chelsea skipper will keep the England captain’s armband for the prestige friendly against world and European champions Spain, plus the midweek fixture with Sweden three days later.
Capello wants to check on Rio Ferdinand’s fitness, but does plan to recall him for the two November games after leaving him out for the Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro.
It is a potentially awkward situation for Capello, with Manchester United defender Rio fully supportive of his brother after the FA launched an investigation into allegations that Terry made racist remarks aimed at Anton.
Police are also looking into the incident during Chelsea’s defeat by QPR on Sunday following a complaint from a member of the public.
QPR called in the FA, who plan to talk to the managers of both clubs plus players who were close to the scene.
Terry insists he is innocent and was responding to an accusation made by QPR defender Ferdinand.
The Rangers player is understood to have no recollection of the alleged incident.
Meanwhile, former England striker Les Ferdinand - cousin of Anton - said Terry should not be allowed to play for England again if he is found guilty.
He said punishments for footballers in similar cases have been "paltry" recently and the FA "need to make a statement" if Terry is found guilty.
Asked if Terry should be banned from the national team if that was the case, Les Ferdinand said: "It's down to the FA, but I'd be shouting from the rooftops (for that)."