The Football Association in England today refused to comment on reports that John Terry has been sacked as England captain.
Terry was due to meet Fabio Capello this afternoon to discuss the allegations surrounding his private life which have emerged over the past week.
And, although there has been no official comment from either the FA or Terry’s camp, speculation is mounting that the 29-year-old Chelsea defender has been axed as his country’s skipper.
Terry's demotion, reported by Sky News, would be a bitter blow for player and manager.
When most pundits expected the Italian to name Rio Ferdinand as his skipper prior to the friendly with the Czech Republic in August 2008, Capello instead turned to Terry as his on-pitch leader.
It was felt the Chelsea star was better at galvanising players around him, with Capello paying little attention to the wider role many believed Ferdinand was more capable of fulfilling.
Terry has done everything asked of him as England have marched on towards this summer’s World Cup in South Africa.
But there have been issues away from the pitch that have not sat easily with bosses at the FA.
Both Terry’s parents have been in the headlines for the wrong reasons, while the defender himself was accused of using his role as England skipper for personal gain when an agency to which he was linked included his status in an e-mail offering the player’s services to enhance their business.