Football Association chairman David Bernstein was not prepared to risk the status of the England captain becoming tarnished at Euro 2012.

It is only a week ago that Bernstein confirmed he was stripping John Terry of the honour after the Chelsea defender's racism trial was put back until July 9. With such an issue hanging over him, Bernstein and his fellow members of the 14-strong FA board took their fateful decision, without consulting coach Fabio Capello, which led to the Italian's resignation.

Bernstein regretted the rancour, but he insisted the role was simply too important, and said: "There is something particular about an England football captain. When you look at the statue of Bobby Moore outside Wembley, that is the stature that we are looking for from England captains."

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