John Terry has been relieved of his duties as England captain after The Football Association announced that the defender has been removed from his position.

And, in a further development, Manchester United centre back Rio Ferdinand has ruled himself out as a replacement for the Chelsea skipper after the previous 'episode' that arose when he held the armband two years ago.

FA chairman David Bernstein made contact with the other board members on Thursday, discussing the situation as the whether Terry should retain the captaincy ahead of a trial on July 9. The 31-year-old is accused of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand - the brother of Rio.

With the date of the trial moved to after the European Championships, The FA have decided to take action, as well as a decision out of manager Fabio Capello's hands.

"Following the decision to adjourn the court case against John Terry to July, The Football Association confirm he will not captain the England team until the allegations against him are resolved," read a statement on The FA's official website.

"The FA Board expected the trial to be concluded prior to the European Championship. Further to Wednesday's confirmation that the trial will not take place until after the tournament, the Board has discussed the matter in detail and has collectively decided it is in the interests of all parties that John has the responsibilities of captaincy removed at this time.

"This decision has been taken due to the higher profile nature of the England captaincy, on and off the pitch, and the additional demands and requirements expected of the captain leading into and during a tournament."

It's a decision that means Terry has been stripped of the captain's armband for the Three Lions on two occasions, with Fabio Capello taking the action after allegations into his private life became public in February 2010.

His replacement was (Rio) Ferdinand, but the former West Ham United player confirmed on his Twitter account that he does not want to take the role again after losing the honour in March the following year.

"I don't want to be England captain after the last episode, just want to concentrate on playing for United and if I make the squad then as ever I'll be delighted."

Others in the running to replace Terry are Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Scott Parker and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

And, GiveMeFootball can reveal that England fans want Gerrard to replace the Blues defender, after the Reds midfielder gained 56% of the almost 40,000 votes cast on facebook.

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